Dr. Douglas N. Searcy, President of Barton College

2025 Barton Bold and Connected Strategic Plan: Optimistic Future of Growth and Innovation

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WILSON, N.C. — September 29, 2021 — Launched this fall, Barton College’s 2021-2025 Barton Bold and Connected Strategic Plan showcases the school’s ambitious plan for future growth and strategic direction. In the next five years, Barton will contribute toward North Carolina’s statewide “MyFutureNC” initiative of increasing degree credentialing beyond high school by 2030. Barton plans to increase undergraduate enrollment to 1,350, and substantially increase master’s degree and online programming by 2025. In addition, the College aims to be an economic driver in the workforce development efforts in the region. According to the 2020 North Carolina County Attainment Report, Wilson County is projected to have 99,203 job openings between 2017-2026. Barton is at the forefront […]

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Rural Opportunity Institute Launches New Resiliency Educational Program with NC AHEC and Barton College

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Collaboration to create the first statewide online training for students to learn about Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and Trauma and the healing practices associated with resilience skills.  WILSON, N.C. — Rural Opportunity Institute in Edgecombe County shares news of a new partnership with North Carolina Area Health Education Centers, Area L AHEC, and Barton College to launch a new virtual clinical experience addressing the impacts of ACEs and trauma on individuals and communities. In response to COVID-19, Area L AHEC and Barton College partnered to create online modules that could substitute in-person student clinical experiences. They enlisted the help of Rural Opportunity Institute and fourteen of its Certified Resilience Educators to […]

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The Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series Welcomes Poet Shelby Stephenson on September 16

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WILSON, N.C. — September 6, 2021 — Barton College will welcome former North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson as the featured speaker for this year’s Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series Lecture. The program will be held on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 7 p.m. in Howard Chapel on campus. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Please note that all guests attending the event must wear face masks and observe social distancing protocols. Stephenson served as North Carolina Poet Laureate from 2015-2018 and has published more than 20 volumes of poetry, most recently “More” and “Shelby’s Lady: The Hog Poems.”  Earlier titles include “Possum,” winner of Brockman-Campbell Award; “Elegies […]

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$400,000 in Barton College Scholarships to be Awarded at 2021 Carolina Games Summit

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Article by Nicole Joyner, Carolina Games Summit RALEIGH, N.C. — July 23, 2021 — Barton College will participate in the Carolina Games Summit at the Raleigh Convention Center and Sheraton Raleigh Hotel scheduled for Friday, August 6, through Sunday, August 8. Barton College plans to award more than 200 scholarships totaling over $400,000. “We are excited to again partner with Barton College to provide a clear path for prospective esports athletes who also want to gain a nationally recognized college education,” says Michael Everett, Creative Director for Carolina Games Summit. “This year Carolina Games Summit will feature 33 tournaments across 26 games with all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place competitors […]

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Barton College Named a College of Distinction in 2021-2022 Cohort

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WILSON, N.C. — July 16, 2021 — Barton College has been recognized for its honorable commitment to engaged, hands-on education by Colleges of Distinction, a one-of-a-kind guide for college-bound students. As an institution whose primary goals are based on student success and satisfaction, Barton College claims its honor as one of the renowned Colleges of Distinction. Barton was also named as a North Carolina College of Distinction. Colleges of Distinction’s longstanding support for student-centered schools highlight those that traditional rankings often overlook. Founder Wes Creel created Colleges of Distinction to draw more attention to schools like Barton College whose student-centered education prevails in applying theory to practice while fostering a […]

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Barton Bold: Impacting Campus and Community

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WILSON, N.C. — July 14, 2021 — Barton College in Wilson, N.C., is pleased to publish the 2016-2021 BartonBold Impact Report, which summarizes recent outcomes, accomplishments, and milestones. Barton College plays an important role in the economic vitality of its local and regional North Carolina communities. During the past five years, Barton’s bold strategies enhanced the College’s growth and influence, educating students while simultaneously creating an annual $70+ million economic impact on the Wilson community and beyond. The full BartonBold Impact Report is available at https://www.barton.edu/pdf/impact-report-2021.pdf                        “Through the implementation of the BartonBold Strategic Plan, Barton College experienced exponential growth and vibrancy during the past five years,” shared Dr. Douglas N. […]

Weather Advisory 1 — Tropical Depression Elsa

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Barton College Weather Advisory 1 — Tropical Depression Elsa  Posted on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 at 6:02 p.m.   Members of the Barton College Community, As of Wednesday afternoon, July 7, Barton College plans to continue its normal operation schedule for Thursday, July 8, 2021.  Summer session classes will continue as scheduled.   The College will continue to monitor the weather conditions, and update the campus community if the operational schedule changes. WRAL Weather reports that Tropical Depression Elsa is expected to move through North Carolina on Thursday, July 8, after daybreak through 8 p.m.  Elsa is currently expected to reach Fayetteville by 8 a.m. and Raleigh by 9 a.m. The forecast includes rainfall […]

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Barton Announces President’s and Dean’s Lists for 2021 Spring Semester

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WILSON, N.C. — June 30, 2021 — Barton College named 78 students to the President’s List and 353 students to the Dean’s List for the 2021 spring semester. President’s List students compiled a perfect 4.0 grade point average; Dean’s List students achieved a grade point average of 3.3 or better on a four-point scale.  To be considered, all students must have attempted at least 12 hours of courses with alpha (A-F) letter grades.   President’s List, by hometown —  Arlington, Va. — Jamilex Yajaira Tham-Morrobel. Augsburg, Germany — Sarah Kaempfe. Bailey — Ashley Nicole Hardy. Battleboro — E’moni Shakayla Kee. Belhaven — Elyse McKenna Brinn. Borlange, Sweden — Alessandro Daniel Gerbino. Boyds, Md. — Michael Edward […]

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Barton College Announces 2021 Graduates

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WILSON, N.C. —June 30, 2021 — Two hundred and forty-three Barton College undergraduate seniors and graduate students received diplomas on Saturday, May 8, during the school’s 119th annual commencement exercises. Participating in the ceremony were Barton students who completed their baccalaureate degree requirements in December 2020 and May 2021, and baccalaureate candidates who expect to fulfill requirements over the summer. Master Degree Graduates and Baccalaureate Degree Graduates are listed by their hometowns. Their names are followed by degrees and majors and, where applicable, honors will appear in parentheses. Baccalaureate Degree Graduates obtaining a grade point average of 3.90 or higher are graduated summa (cum laude); 3.60 or higher (magna cum […]

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Barton Students Held High Profile at Phi Beta Lambda State Conference

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WILSON, N.C. — May 25, 2021 —Barton College was well represented at the North Carolina Phi Beta Lambda (NC PBL) State Leadership Conference held earlier this spring. Ten Barton chapter members placed in 19 of the competitive events during the conference, and eight Barton students will represent the College at the national level this summer.   First Place honors were awarded to Barton’s Owen Dick of Toronto, Canada, in Sports Management and Marketing, Denning Hudson of Wilson in Contemporary Sports Issues as well as Statistical Analysis, Holly Johnson of Wilson in Organizational Behavior and Leadership, and Alex Kelly of Newport News, Va., in Management Concepts.  Second Place honors went to […]