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Dr. Terry Barnes '70, '72

Dr. Terry Barnes '70, '72


Albany, Missouri

Current City

Columbia, Missouri

Northwest Foundation Board Member

Board member since 2023


  • Ph.D Higher Education Administration/Academic Affairs/Community College/Occupational/Career Education; Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1979
  • M.A. Business; Northwest Missouri State University, 1972
  • B.S. Business Marketing/Economics; Northwest Missouri State University, 1970
  • Series 7 General Securities License (inactive); Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), 1987


  • Retired; Assistant Provost for Community College Partnerships and Graduate School Professor in College of Education - Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis; University of Missouri, Columbia


Terry retired in 2016 from the University of Missouri - Columbia after spending a 46-year career working in college and university administration. During his career, Terry served Northwest Missouri State University twice. Immediately after graduation from Northwest in 1970, he started his career as Northwest's Assistant Director of Admissions recruiting high school and community college students from 19 counties in northwest Missouri, southwest Iowa, Kansas City and St. Louis areas. During this time he learned the value of service within a community college mission and spent over 30 years in senior-level positions in Nebraska, Iowa, Colorado, Illinois, Arkansas and Missouri. In 1989, Terry returned to Northwest as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs and became former president Dean Hubbard's first director of "Culture of Quality" innovative initiatives. His community college pursuits culminated as Assistant Commissioner for Community Colleges and Technical Education with the Missouri Coordinating Board for Higher Education in Jefferson City, and in 2006 retired as president/CEO of Mineral Area Community College, Park Hills/Farmington, Missouri. 

Why are you "forever green"?

"My family and I know first-hand the strengths of earning a college degree in order to advance through career dreams and life's opportunities - possibilities I never dreamed nor imagined. In 1972, our 46-year-old mother, June Barnes, also graduated from the first LPN school operated by Northwest Missouri State College; and my sister with a B.S. Ed degree. Northwest was life-changing for me, as a very average small-town kid from Albany, Missouri. I flourished because of being a Northwest prepared-Bearcat. From the moment I stepped on campus as a freshman for Bearcat Marching Band camp, Northwest seemed like home. Friendships made on campus have lasted a lifetime! I am forever grateful."