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Oct. 16, 2006

Barron Receives National Education Service Award For Admissions Work

Michael Barron, assistant provost for enrollment services and director of admissions at the University of Iowa, has been given the Gayle C. Wilson Service to Education Award for performing long, outstanding service to the profession.

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) presented Barron, a NACAC member, with its highest award at its recently held 62nd National Conference in Pittsburgh. The award is named for a devoted counselor and educator.

"I'm delighted that Mike has received this well-deserved recognition for his work," said UI Executive Vice President and Provost Michael J. Hogan. "He makes things happen. And that stems from his deep commitment to the University of Iowa and, most of all, to its students and prospective students."

In his dual role as assistant provost and director of admissions at Iowa, Barron oversees the comprehensive admission process for domestic and international applications to five undergraduate colleges and five professional colleges and the Graduate College, processing more than 38,000 applications annually. Prior to joining the university, held various positions in admissions at the University of Texas at Austin.

Barron received a master of arts degree in educational psychology from the University of Texas at Austin and bachelor of arts degree in English from Angelo State University. He is involved in numerous membership organizations, including the Iowa Association for College Admission Counseling, an affiliate of NACAC, where he served as president. He also is the State of Iowa representative to ACT, a delegate in the College Board's Guidance and Admission Assembly, and a member on the Regent's Task Force on Admission Requirements for the state of Iowa.

"Mike works to ensure fairness and goes the extra mile for students unfamiliar with the admission process, seeking to ensure the success of underrepresented students," said NACAC President Beverly Henry Wheeler. "When new committees are formed, people consistently mention his name as someone who would be a valuable contributor. He's a team player, an inspiring mentor, a wise advisor, and someone wholeheartedly dedicated to students."

Founded in 1937, NACAC is an organization of more than 9,200 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the NACAC Statement of Principles of Good Practice.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACTS: Stephen J. Pradarelli, 319-384-0007,; or Shanda Ivory, NACAC director of communications, 1-800-822-6285,