Born in Wilmington, California, Frank graduated from Banning High School in Wilmington, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pepperdine College, a Master of Science in Education from the University of Southern California and a Doctor of Education degree in Middle East Studies and Comparative Education from the University of California at Los Angeles. He took classes in Islamic Culture at the Tehran University, Iran.
Dr. Burroughs lived and worked in the Middle East for more than fifteen years. While there, he served with UNESCO and the Ford Foundation in Saudi Arabia. He was a consultant to the Prime Minister and Minister of Health in Iran and worked in the Ministry of Court during the Fifth Asian Games and the 2500th Anniversary of the Iranian Monarchy. He represented Mohammad Reza Shah as a personal representative to President Jimmy Carter. He served as Managing Director of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Iran until the seizure of the U.S. Embassy following the Islamic Revolution, hid out for ten days and quietly left the country.
After returning to the United States, Dr. Burroughs worked with the U.S. Department of Commerce in the promotion of exports and as a Visiting Scientist at the U.S. Department of Energy. He has taught at the University of California, Berkeley and Vista College and has served as Chair of the MBA Program and Acting Dean of the School of Business, Notre Dame de Namur University. For more than seven years he worked as Business Manager of the Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church. He currently serves as a contractor with the U.S. Department of State.
Dr. Burroughs’ awards include a Certificate of Recognition by the Senate of the State of California, a Certificate of Recognition by the California State Assembly and two Certificates of Recognition for his work on the 2500th Celebration of the Iranian Monarchy.