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Beth Barnes

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Beth Barnes

Vice President Emerita

Beth was a charter member of the University of Central Florida’s English Department, later Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in English. She spent 16 years as Vice President and Chief of Staff in the President’s Office, responsible for the personnel and budget in the President’s Division, serving as the president’s speechwriter and President’s Division editor, and serving as the associate corporate secretary and liaison to the university’s Board of Trustees.

She retired from the university in 2008, but grew tired of luncheons and returned to UCF in 2011 as Special Assistant to the President, working on special projects.

Most recently, she chaired the task force that completed the university’s successful application for the Carnegie Community Engagement Award and chaired the University Graduate Preparation and Employability Committee, made up of UCF Pegasus Professors, recipients of the university’s highest award for faculty members. She is a member of the president’s cabinet, the university’s Retention and Graduation Executive Steering Committee, and am the university liaison to the very active University Innovation Alliance of eleven large public research universities from across the nation. The Alliance members are committed to student success and pledge to increase graduation rates, especially of first-generation and low-income students.