Burson named director of governor-elect’s transition team

Charles W. Burson, J.D., visiting professor of law, is directing the transition team for Missouri Governor-elect Jay Nixon.

Nixon, who served as Missouri’s attorney general from 1992-2008, met Burson when he was Tennessee’s attorney general from 1988-1997. Burson later became counsel and chief of staff to former Vice President Al Gore.

After leaving the White House, Burson came to St. Louis to work as general counsel and executive vice president for Monsanto. A member of the School of Law’s national council, Burson also teaches at the law school and is of counsel at Bryan Cave LLP.

“Governor-elect Nixon has made it clear that he expects an inclusive, smooth and transparent transition,” Burson said. “During this transition process, we’re going find the best and brightest minds to help him move Missouri forward.

“Running the state government is a huge job, and we’re going to make sure he has the best team possible,” Burson said.