Howard Burrell

Vernon Township, NJ
21 Church Street
United States


Dr. Burrell attended undergraduate school at Tennessee State University in Nashville, where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. While at Tennessee State, he was a member of the U.S. Air Force Reserve Officer’s Training Corps, and upon graduation, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force.

In 2019, Dr. Burrell was elected to a four-year term as the Mayor of Vernon Township. He has also been nominated by the Governor of New Jersey and confirmed by the Senate Judiciary Committee to become one of seven State Commissioners on the North Jersey District Water Supply Commission, where he currently serves as the Commission’s Chair and a member of the Audit Committee.

Dr. Burrell has worked as an Assistant Director in the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development; as the Special Assistant to the President of Felician University, NJ; as an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Social Sciences at Centenary University, NJ; as a Buyer for one of America’s largest home appliance manufacturers; and as a sales representative, a Regional Sales Manager, the Corporate Customer Service Manager, and the International Sales Manager for a major specialty chemical company.

He was awarded the distinction of being selected as a Gates-Ferry Distinguished Visiting Lecturer at Centenary University, and has received Felician University’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Award and the NAACP’s Presidential Award for a lifetime of service.

In addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, he also holds a Masters and a Doctorate in Psychology.

Since 1966, he has been married to Reba Burrell, a retired schoolteacher, and they have three adult children and two grandchildren.


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