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Earlier this year, Ingram’s, Kansas City’s business
magazine, selected Barnett as one of nine Missouri and
Kansas “Icons of Education.” Ingram’s described them
as “people who have devoted their careers to passing
the torch of knowledge on to future generations . . .
(Their) contributions (have) helped make this region’s
educational system a foundational element of our
business environment and our quality of life.”
Barnett earned a bachelor of science degree in
business from Arkansas State University at age 19.
By age 24, she had earned two graduate degrees from
The University of Mississippi—a master of business
education degree and a Ph.D. in higher education
and student personnel services.
Last year, Barnett received two major recognitions from
her alma maters. Arkansas State University honored
Barnett as one of its 100 most successful leaders in the
centennial issue of the alumni association’s publication,
100 Years, 100 Voices. She also was recognized by
the University of Mississippi as the School of Education
Alumnus of the Year.
Barnett’s recent recognitions follow a strong history of
accomplishment, including the “Inaugural First Lady
in Education Award” for the State of Missouri in 2008,
“National Chief Executive Leadership Award” from the
Council for the Advancement and Support of Education
(CASE) in 2000 and “Arkansas State University
Distinguished Alumnus” in 1995.
She has also been honored as “Arkansas State
University Outstanding Business Alumni,” Mid-Missouri
Magazine‘s “Twenty Most Infuential Women in
Mid-Missouri” and “Woman of Achievement,”
selected by the National Alpha Omicron
Pi Foundation.
“the best, rest of your life...”
Far above:
Dr. Barnett
in her offce during a
newspaper interview.
Dr. Barnett
with her standard poodle, Rio.