RPA Kappa Spotlight: Meet Brother Kevin Burnett

By August 8, 2018RPA Spotlight

Brother Kevin Burnett is a second generation Kappa initiated into the Kansas State University (KS), Beta Psi Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi on December 1, 1975, and currently serves as National Guide Right Chairman, Richardson-Plano Guide Right Foundation Director, and Richardson-Plano Alumni Guide Right Chairman.

Burnett’s father, a 1947 Washburn University, Rho Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi (KS) initiate, and other notable brothers of the Topeka (KS) Alumni Chapter were key influencers in Burnett’s desire to become a member of Kappa Alpha Psi. Those other influencers include Charles Scott (Brown vs. Board of Education), Veryl Switzer (Kansas State athletic legend), Richard Ridley and George Thompson. All of which, were strong advocates of youth and Guide Right.

Brother Burnett with Grand Polemarch Thomas L. Battles Jr. and Senior Grand Vice Polemarch Reuben A. Shelton III, ESQ.

More about Brother Burnett in his own words:

“In Guide Right, I was fortunate to be mentored by and learn from Elder Watson Diggs awardee Ivory Johnson of the St. Louis Alumni Chapter, and he gave me an opportunity to lead a Kappa League program my first year out of college. Through Guide Right, I have been able to interact with and mentor over 2000 young lives through local Guide Right programs.

“In Kappa, I have been mentored by Elder Watson Diggs awardee Charles Wesley (Ceedy) Morgan III.
“Beta Psi Brother Karl Townsend (now with the Ft. Worth Alumni) started me in Guide Right in college, working with him in the Douglass Center Math and Science Club in Manhattan, KS when I was a Scroller.

“I thank Ron Julian for appointing me as Southwestern Province Chairman, Tim Albert for his great support and leadership in Guide Right as Southwestern Province Polemarch, L-Mani Viney for his Guide Right leadership and direction and Henry Irby, Dean Jones and Ken Metoyer for their local support.

“I am most proud of my two sons, Ryan (2008 Beta Psi initiate) and Kevin C. (2010 Beta Psi initiate). Kevin C. Burnett won the Grand Chapter Mel Davis Award (outstanding undergraduate Guide Right Director) in 2013. We may be the first Father-Son recognized for Guide Right at the same Conclave.”

Below is a composite of Brother Burnett’s body of work for Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

  • National Guide Right Chairman – 2016 to Present
  • National Guide Right Commission Vice Chairman – 2012 to 2016
  • Richardson-Plano (TX) Alumni Chapter Polemarch –  2010 -2012
  • Richardson-Plano (TX) Guide Right Foundation Director – 1998 to Present
  • Richardson-Plano (TX) Alumni Guide Right Chairman – 1998-2009, 2010 to present
  • Southwestern Province Guide Right Chairman – 2007 to Present
  • St. Louis Alumni Kappa League Director – 1979 to 1982
  • Beta Psi Guide Right Program – 1975 to 1979