Tennessee Tech names new fitness center after Alcoa grad

The building will be known as the Marc L. Burnett Student Recreation and Fitness Center
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Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 2:53 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A Tennessee Tech Board of Trustees committee approved a recommendation to honor Alcoa native Marc Burnett on Tuesday.

Pending approval, the university’s new student recreation and fitness center will be named for him.

If approved by the full board, the building will be known as the Marc L. Burnett Student Recreation and Fitness Center.

Burnett spent more than 36 years influencing students on Tennessee Tech’s campus, including his years of service as an administrator and advocate for diversity.

“It is fitting that Marc’s name will be associated with a building that students funded, helped design, and will enjoy,” said Tennessee Tech President, Phil Oldham.

A standout basketball player from Alcoa, Burnett graduated from Tech in 1982 with a degree in English/Journalism. He was a five-time captain of the men’s basketball team and also earned a master’s degree from Tech.

“I would like to say that it is a dream come true, but it’s not something I ever imagined,” Burnett said. “I was speechless, almost at the point of tears, when I got the news. I just didn’t expect that.”

Burnett retired from Tech in December as the Vice President for Student Affairs.

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