A Personal Interview With Dr. Margaret J. Barr
Denise L. Rode
Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention
With this edition of The Journal of College Orientation and Transition, the editorial board initiates a new feature called "Pillars of Our Profession." "Pillars" will recognize those faculty members and higher education professionals whose work has been foundational to the development of the National Orientation Directors Association and the fields of orientation, transition, and retention. We begin with the recipient of the NODA "Outstanding Contributions to the Orientation Profession" award
... 1997-Dr. Margaret J. Barr, Vice President for Student Affairs and Professor emerita of Northwestern University. Dr. Barr holds a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the State University College at Buffalo, a master's degree in College Student Personnel-Higher Education from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, and a PhD in Educational Administration from The University of Texas at Austin. Her scholarly interests include higher education law and budgets and financial management in higher education. Throughout her career, Dr. Barr has maintained a high level of professional activity. She has written or edited 7 books and 10 book/monograph chapters, edited the New Directions for Student Services series for Jossey-Bass from 1986 to 1997, presented more than 75 keynote addresses and numerous conference programs, and served on a host of accrediting and visiting committees. She has served in a variety of leadership positions for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and NASPA-Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and has received numerous awards for her professional contributions. Her upcoming book, Budgeting and Financial Management in Higher Education, co-authored with George McClellan, will be published by Jossey-Bass this year. A resident of Evanston, Illinois, Dr. Barr maintains an active professional schedule in retirement, consulting on campuses across the country, writing and editing, speaking at conferences and Webinars, mentoring advancing professionals, and providing guest lecturers for the next generation of student affairs practitioners. Her community involvement includes chairing the Evanston Woman's Board of the Northwestern Settlement Association, as well as serving on the organization's Board of Directors and as a member of the Investment Committee. She is also involved in the League of Women Voters and the Woman's Board of Northwestern University.