Summer Brock Named to CASE DISTRICT III Board of Directors

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WILSON, N.C. — May 20, 2015 — Barton College’s Summer Brock, director of alumni and parent relations, has been appointed to the Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s District III Board of Directors for a two-year term. CASE District III is one of eight regional districts of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education that support educational and professional institutions in North America by enhancing the effectiveness of the alumni relations, fund raising, communications, marketing and other advancement professionals who serve them. The CASE District III Board is composed of 36 volunteers who oversee operations, programming and services in nine states located in the Southeast. Brock has served in […]

Barton College and Edgecombe Community College Partner on Transfer Agreement

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College and Edgecombe Community College are pleased to announce a partnership through the establishment of a new articulation agreement. The purpose of this newly established articulation agreement is to promote a seamless pathway for qualified transfer students from Edgecombe to pursue a bachelor’s degree at Barton. “Barton College welcomes this opportunity to partner with Edgecombe Community College through this new articulation agreement,” said Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College. “This collaboration will provide a host of academic opportunities for students regionally as they complete their associate’s degrees at Edgecombe and plan to further their education at Barton to complete baccalaureate and graduate degrees. And, […]

Barton College Names New President

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WILSON, N.C. — Douglas N. Searcy, Ph.D., was announced as the 12th president of Barton College on Friday, January 9, 2015. Dr. Searcy was elected by the Barton College Board of Trustees during a called executive session on Thursday, December 18, 2014.  A search committee composed of trustees and representatives of the faculty, staff, and students recommended Dr. Searcy to the Board of Trustees at the conclusion of an extensive national search.  Dr. Searcy is currently Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Va., where he is regarded as a decisive leader, skillful collaborator, and strategic visionary. Gregg A. DeMar, chair of the Barton College […]

Wilson/Barton Think Tank Welcomes National and Regional Economic Leaders to Discuss Future Trends on October 24

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WILSON, N.C. — On Friday morning, Oct. 24, the Wilson/Barton Think Tank: Foundational Policy Research for the Future will convene on the campus of Barton College to introduce the new organization and to present its inaugural panel discussion for leaders in the Wilson community, focusing on the question “Will Wilson’s economy flourish in the future?” The distinguished presenters will include Enrico Moretti, author of “The New Geography of Jobs” and professor of economics at the University of California, Berkeley. He will describe what communities will need to be successful in the future. Joining Moretti will be Ted Abernathy, managing partner of Economic Leadership, LLC, who will discuss the Southeast and […]

President Norval C. Kneten Announces June 2015 Retirement

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WILSON, N.C. — Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College, announced in a Noon webcast to the campus and extended college communities that he will retire in June 2015. His decision, some months in the making, was made with his usual deliberate and strategic consideration for the future of Barton College. In the webcast, Dr. Kneten addressed the timing of his decision, as he shared, “I have learned that there is no end to the work of a president, no natural place where one can declare victory and close the book. This moment in the history of the College is a moment in which there are a multitude of projects […]

Barton’s Dr. Kelly Thompson to Participate in National Executive Leadership Academy

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WILSON, N.C. — Dr. Kelly Thompson, vice president for external relations at Barton College in Wilson, N.C., has been selected to participate in the 2014–2015 Executive Leadership Academy (ELA) cosponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), and the American Academic Leadership Institute (AALI). The purpose of this yearlong program is to prepare experienced provosts and vice presidents to become successful presidents. It includes two national seminars, readings, webinars, individualized experiential activities, and structured mentorship experiences. By completing the program, participants will have acquired considerable knowledge, skills, and experiences that are germane to the portfolio of responsibilities and activities central to the […]

Barton Announces Gary Daynes As New Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Daynes, Ph.D., of Pleasant Grove, Utah, as provost and vice president for academic affairs. He also holds academic rank as professor of history. His appointment was effective July 22. “I am most pleased to welcome Dr. Gary Daynes to the Barton campus,” said Dr. Norval C. Kneten, president of Barton College. “His extensive record of successfully addressing challenges in independent higher education and his strong reputation for developing and encouraging a culture of creativity and productivity for faculty sets a perfect tone for reenergizing current academic programs and for moving our new program initiatives forward. His extensive experience in […]

Barton Announces Interim Provost and Interim Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Appointments

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College is pleased to announce the appointments of Dr. Kelly Thompson as interim provost of the college and Dr. Jackie Ennis as interim associate vice president for academic affairs. These appointments were made following the earlier announcement of Dr. John Marsden, provost and vice president for academic affairs at Barton College, being named president of Midway College in Kentucky. Dr. Thompson’s and Dr. Ennis’ appointments are effective January 1, 2013. “Kelly Thompson, vice president for external relations, brings a wealth of administrative leadership expertise to her new role as interim provost of the college, and Jackie Ennis, dean of the School of Education and director of Accelerated […]