W. Kent Barnds named Executive Vice President at Augustana


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Posted Online: Nov. 20, 2012, 2:02 pm
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Press release submitted by Augustana College


Rock Island, Ill. – Augustana College announces W. Kent Barnds, Augustana's vice president of enrollment, communication and planning, has been named to a new position as executive vice president. Barnds will continue in his previous duties and assume the new role immediately.
In the position of executive vice president and vice president of enrollment, communication and planning, Barnds will perform a variety of duties in the areas of recruitment, financial aid, communication and marketing, strategic planning, campus master planning, risk management and general operations.
Tom Leach '83, a member of the Augustana College Board of Trustees Executive Committee, noted Barnds' strengths in serving the college, saying, "Kent's appointment to executive vice president reflects not only the additional responsibilities he has taken on, but also recognizes his recent accomplishments. Kent demonstrated strong leadership abilities serving as the acting president during President Bahls' sabbatical. He also recently led the college's effort to hire a new CFO and currently is over-seeing the planning and construction of over $35 million in capital projects, including the new Center for Student Life."
Leach, a former Tribune Company executive, added, "In his new role, Kent will be a valuable resource to President Bahls, allowing the president to further focus his attention on efforts to ensure the long-term success of the college, including strategic planning and fundraising."
President of the College Steven Bahls said, "Since joining Augustana in 2005, Kent has distinguished himself as a solid and visionary leader. As leader of our admissions team, Kent was successful in increasing enrollment to record levels, while at the same time dramatically increasing the diversity of our student body."
President Bahls described Barnds as "a visionary with an entrepreneurial outlook," and he credits Barnds with being instrumental in developing plans to keep Augustana strong through the post-recession years.
"I am confident that Kent, in his new position, will work effectively with me to keep Augustana's culture of commitment to the liberal arts and sciences through continuous improvement alive and well," said President Bahls.
Barnds started his career at Augustana as vice president of enrollment. Since his arrival, he has overseen the most successful enrollment in the college's history, including growing the student body to an all-time high of 2,551 students.
Prior to working at Augustana, Barnds was dean of admissions and enrollment management at Elizabethtown College, Elizabethtown, Pa. He holds bachelor's degree from Gettysburg College, Gettysburg, Pa., and a master's from Regis University, Denver, Colo. Barnds and his wife Jennie reside in Davenport and have three young children.
"I am honored to be asked to serve the college in this role during this important time," said Barnds. "Augustana has great students and a committed staff and faculty, and I am deeply grateful for the chance to work with them all."
For more information, please contact Keri Rursch, director of public relations, at kerirursch@augustana.edu or (309) 794-7721.





















 



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