Dean of Students Selected for Senior Leadership Academy

Dean of Students Selected for Senior Leadership Academy

July 10, 2014
photo of Dr. Krispin Barr

Salem College is pleased to announce that Dr. Krispin Barr, Dean of Students, is one of 32 mid-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) to participate in a year-long Senior Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the program are administrators in higher education who have been identified by their institutions as having the potential for senior leadership positions in independent colleges or universities. Barr will participate in two seminars, one in Portland, Oregon, October 31–November 2, 2014, and one in Washington, DC, June 24–26, 2015. She also will undertake a mentoring program, work with experts, participate in webinars, and engage in a series of readings and case studies during the 2014–2015 academic year.

The purpose of the Academy is to prepare prospective leaders to assume positions as the chief officers in any division—including academic affairs, student affairs, finance, enrollment management, and advancement—in independent higher education.

“The need to prepare future leaders of colleges and universities has never been greater because the generation of people now in senior leadership positions on campus is rapidly approaching retirement,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “Competition for the available places in the program was intense, and the review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive. They (and I) believe that Dr. Barr has the potential for highly effective leadership in a position of senior responsibility on campus.”

Barr has served at Salem College for 14 years and completed her PhD. in Educational Research and Policy Analysis at North Carolina State University in 2013. Her dissertation, The Historical Legacy of a Secret Society at Duke University (1913-1971): Cultural Hegemony and the Tenacious Ideal of the 'Big Man on Campus,' earned her an American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Dissertation Award for Postsecondary Education Research.

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Published on July 10, 2014