Margaret Barr

Professor Emeritus
Northwestern University

Margaret J. Barr served as Vice President for Student Affairs at Northwestern University from 1992 until she retired in 2000. She currently is professor emeritus in the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern, serves as a Senior Fellow for Eduventures, and is a member of the Visiting Committee for the Dean of Student Life at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She has been active in both ACPA and NASPA, having served as president of ACPA and president of the NASPA Foundation Board, and being recognized with some of the associations’ highest honors. Barr was a member of the committee that wrote “A Perspective on Student Affairs” issued on the 50th anniversary of the Student Personnel Point of View. She is the author or editor of: Critical Issues for Student Affairs: Challenge and Opportunities with Arthur Sandeen (2006), An Academic Manager’s Guide to Budgets and Financial Management (2002), A Handbook for Student Affairs Administration (1993), senior editor of the second edition of A Handbook for Student Affairs Administration (2000) with Mary Desler, coeditor of New Futures for Student Affairs with M. Lee Upcraft (1990), Student Services and the Law (1988) and Developing Effective Student Service Programs with L. Keating (1985). In addition, she served as editor-in-chief of the monograph series New Directions for Student Services (1986-1998). She current serves as contributing editor for The Student Affairs Leader. Barr received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the State University College at Buffalo (1961), a master’s degree in college student personnel from Southern Illinois University Carbondale (1963), and a Ph.D. in educational administration from the University of Texas at Austin (1980). She was a Fulbright Scholar in Germany in 1986.