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Videos: Thunderbird honors Barbara and Craig Barrett

The naming ceremony for the Barbara and Craig Barrett Building included a surprise for the guests of honor on April 26, 2013. The Barretts came to campus for the naming of the building, but they received an extra nod of appreciation when Thunderbird Board of Trustees Chairwoman Ann Iverson announced that “interim” will no longer modify the title of former Thunderbird President Barbara Barrett, who led the school during a transition period from April 27 to Nov. 1, 2012. A resolution formalizing the announcement praised Barrett for her impeccable leadership.

Earlier in the reception, Thunderbird President Larry Edward Penley, Ph.D., toasted the Barretts and recounted their years of service to Thunderbird. “In recognition of the role that education, especially international business education, plays in our prosperity and economic development, and in the development of the lives affected by the businesses that are created, in the role that donors play in our nonprofits, especially in education and in this great school, but especially today in recognition of Barbara and Craig Barrett, we offer this toast in your honor, in appreciation for all that you do,” Penley said.

About 100 faculty, staff, students and friends of the school attended the event, including former Arizona State University President Lattie Coor, Thunderbird Trustee F. Richard Hsu, and longtime Thunderbird supporter Kenneth Jacuzzi ’79. The Barbara and Craig Barrett Building, built in 1997 and 1998, houses Thunderbird’s Career Management Center and serves as world headquarters for Thunderbird Executive Education. To view photos from the naming ceremony, visit Thunderbird’s Flickr channel.

Barbara and Craig Barrett speak during a naming ceremony in their honor on April 26, 2013, at Thunderbird School of Global Management in Phoenix, Arizona.


Barbara Barrett resolution (2:41)

Thunderbird’s Board of Trustees announces that “interim” will no longer modify the title of former Thunderbird President Barbara Barrett.


Barrett Honor Scholar Presentation (2:35)

Thunderbird student Barry Nyauke ’13 speaks during the Barbara and Craig Barrett Building naming ceremony on April 26, 2013.

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