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Margaret J. Barr

Margaret J. Barr served as vice president for student affairs at Northwestern University from October 1992 until July 2000 when she retired. She is professor emeritus in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern and is engaged in part-time consulting, writing, and volunteer work. Prior to her appointment at Northwestern, she was vice chancellor for student affairs at Texas Christian University for eight years. She also served as vice president for student affairs at Northern Illinois University from 1982 to 1985 and was assistant vice president for student affairs at that same institution from 1980 to 1982. She was first assistant and then associate dean of students at the University of Texas at Austin from 1971 through 1980. She has also served as director of housing and director of the college union at Trenton State College and assistant director and director of women’s residences at the State University of New York at Binghamton.

In her various administrative roles, Barr has always carried responsibilities for supervision of operating budgets. During her eighteen years as a vice president, she supervised operating and reserve budgets for both auxiliary and institutionally allocated budgets. She has been involved in several capital projects, including the construction of new residence halls, new recreation facilities, and dining facilities and renovations of multicultural centers, residential units, and an academic advising center. She has held numerous leadership positions with the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), including a term as president (1983–1984). She has been the recipient of the ACPA Contribution to Knowledge Award (1990) and Professional Service Award (1986) and was an ACPA Senior Scholar from 1986 to 1991.

She also has been active in the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA), including service as the director of the NASPA Institute for Chief Student Affairs Officers (1989, 1990) and president of the NASPA Foundation Board (2000–2002). Barr was the recipient of the NASPA Outstanding Contribution to Literature and Research Award in 1986, the award for Outstanding Contribution to Higher Education in 2000, and was named a Pillar of the Profession by the NASPA Foundation in that same year.

She is the author or editor of numerous books and monographs, including The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration (1993), co-editor of the second edition of The Handbook of Student Affairs Administration (2000) with M. Desler, coauthor of Critical Issues for Student Affairs (2006) with Arthur Sandeen, coeditor of New Futures for Student Affairs with M. Lee Upcraft (1990), the editor of Student Affairs and the Law (1988), and coeditor of Developing Effective Student Service Programs: A Guide for Practitioners (1985) with L. A. Keating. She served as editor-in-chief for the monograph series New Directions for Student Services from 1986 to 1998. She also is the author of numerous books and monograph chapters.

Barr received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the State University of New York College at Buffalo in 1961 and a master’s degree in college student personnel–higher education from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, in 1964. She received a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin in 1980.