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Barton’s Douglas N. Searcy Recognized As Influential Leader in N.C. 

WILSON, N.C. — June 21, 2023 — Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, president of Barton College, has been recognized for a second consecutive year by Business North Carolina’s Power List as one of the state’s most influential business leaders in the education sector in 2023.

Visit https://businessnc.com/power-list-2023-education/ for Dr. Searcy’s recognition in the 2023 listing of the most influential N.C. leaders in education, ordered alphabetically. The online version of the full printed publication is also available in flipbook format at https://businessnc.com/power-list-2023-north-carolinas-most-influential-leaders/

“The nation’s ninth-most populous state, and among the most economically dynamic, relies on great leadership to excel,” shared David Mildenberg, editor of Business North Carolina, in his website introduction of the Business North Carolina’s Power List 2023. “Having among the nation’s most favorable business climates and fastest population growth rates doesn’t just happen. With the benefits of power comes great responsibility, of course. North Carolina has thousands of talented leaders, making this a small sampling of those with noteworthy power. It’s based on nominations, talking with many sources, undertaking considerable research and enjoying years of experience covering North Carolina’s business community from the magazine’s unique statewide perspective.”

Barton’s growth and influence invigorates the economic vitality of Eastern North Carolina, while the College’s annual $70+ million has a profound economic impact on Wilson community.

Under Dr. Searcy’s leadership, new academic and co-curricular programs, new and renovated facilities, and enhanced academic and technology services have opened the door to opportunities for student growth and learning. During his tenure, Barton has experienced its largest enrolling population in more than three decades; fundraising and campus investment have grown to new heights; and faculty, staff, and student relationships have thrived as the College has continued to respond to changing conditions and has met anticipated needs.

Campus momentum has grown along with local and regional awareness. Barton has become readily known as an innovation difference-maker, recognized as a source of energy and intellectual capital, contributing to the workforce and economic development of the local and regional economy. And, throughout this progress, the Barton Spirit has flourished with greater vibrancy and recognition of the impact that Barton College makes in the lives of its students.

Learn about what’s next at Barton College from Dr. Searcy and campus community members at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbtmx6dFwcw