Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Announces Lawrence J. Burns as President & CEO


Contact: Matt Friedman
For the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation Board
(248) 762-1430

burnsDETROIT (October 14, 2016) – The Board of Trustees of the Children’s Hospital of Michigan Foundation announces the hiring of Lawrence J. Burns as President & CEO, effective October 17, 2016.

A Detroit native who has maintained close professional ties to Michigan throughout his career, Burns is a recognized leader in the nonprofit sector, most recently serving as Vice President for Advancement at the University of Akron after more than two decades of health care and higher education development, marketing and executive experience in multiple leadership roles at the University of Toledo and the Medical College of Ohio. This new position is a homecoming of sorts for Burns, who established his strong fundraising reputation working in development for Children’s Hospital of Michigan earlier in his career.

“This is a significant job with a significant opportunity to positively impact children’s health in Michigan. Our Board spent considerable time and care to select a new CEO with the right blend of experience, ability, relationships and, importantly, passion for our mission,” said Matt Friedman, Chair of the Foundation’s Board of Trustees. “We talked to many qualified candidates. We appreciate the interest in this position from so many nonprofit leaders in the region. Our Board is now focused on working with Larry to grow the reach of our Foundation.”

“I am delighted and honored to have the opportunity to work with an outstanding Board of Trustees, staff, and Hospital and medical leadership as we continue to grow the Foundation and serve the children of Michigan,” said Burns. “Coming back to Children’s and our hometown makes this opportunity uniquely special to my wife Judie and me.”

Established in 2003, the CHM Foundation supports the health needs of children by raising philanthropic support for pediatric medical education, pediatric focused research and community program that benefit the health of kids.  The Foundation is recognized as an independent 501(c)(3) charitable organization by the Internal Revenue Service and is governed by a community board of directors. Learn more at