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Andrew Bursten Memorial Fund

Andy Bursten

Andrew Bursten Memorial Fund

Our good friend and colleague, Andy Bursten, passed away suddenly in August 2017, not long after he retired from Mason. The College of Visual and Performing Arts has created the Andrew Bursten Memorial Fund to benefit the Andy Bursten Scholarship in Arts Management, and to support the Center for the Arts, and Mason Community Arts Academy. Andy was particularly fond of and very involved with each of these aspects of CVPA. Make a gift. 

Andy Bursten served as the Director of Finance and Administration and CFO of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. He was a member of the Arts Management faculty, and served as treasurer of the Potomac Arts Academy until his retirement in May of 2017.

For more than 30 years, Andy worked in nonprofit financial management. Prior to joining George Mason University, his professional experience included Controller, Washington National Opera (formerly the Washington Opera); Director of Finance and Administration, Washington Performing Arts Society; CFO, Levine School of Music; Controller, Special Olympics International; Accounting Manager, National Symphony Orchestra/Kennedy Center. He was also an accountant for St. Jude’s Ranch for Children and Temple Beth Sholom. He was a member of the Institute of Management Accountants, serving as an officer for the chapters in which he lived, treasurer of the Arts Council of Fairfax County and Vice President for Finance of Congregation Beth Emeth in Herndon, VA.

Andy was an accomplished viola player and played in several orchestras including the Reston VA Community Orchestra, McLean Symphony Orchestra and the Henderson NV Civic Symphony. He received his BA from Grinnell College and his MBA from American University.

Andy is fondly remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, generous spirit, patience, and passion for the arts.

Please join us in contributing to the Andrew Bursten Memorial Fund. 

"Every cent counts."

- Andrew Bursten

How To Give

By Mail: Donations may be made to the George Mason University Foundation (indicating “in memory of Andy Bursten" on the memo line) and sent to the College of Visual and Performing Arts, 4400 University Drive, MC 4C1, Fairfax, VA 22030.

Online: Make a gift online. Select Other, and indicate “in memory of Andy Bursten”.

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