Delaware Technical Community College’s Bobbi Barends was named the winner of the 2018 Delaware American Council on Education Women’s Network Leadership Award.

The award is granted to a woman in higher education who excelled in the field of higher education, has been successful in demonstrating “steps to success” and who serves as a role model for rising stars in higher education.

Barends became vice president and campus director for the college’s Jack F. Owens Campus in Georgetown in January 2017. She previously served as occupational therapy assistant department chairperson, assistant dean of instruction, assistant to the campus director and dean of instruction. Prior to her tenure at Delaware Tech, she was adjunct faculty and assistant professor of occupational therapy at Elizabethtown College. Her career has included teaching, advisement, faculty and staff development, campus and collegewide planning and assessment, oversight of marketing and public relations, fundraising and grant writing, program development and outreach to K-12, higher education and community partners.

Barends earned a bachelor’s degree in exercise science from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s degree in occupational therapy at Misericordia University and a Ph.D. in education from Walden University. She served on boards and committees including the Carl M. Freeman FACES Foundation, Friends of CASA and the 2015 Vision steering committee. She is currently a Court Appointed Special Advocate and a board member for Kent-Sussex Industries.

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