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Billy L. Barnes

Billy L. Barnes

Billy L. (Bill) Barnes served as interim dean of the college following Sidney G. Winter's resignation in 1963. Within a year, he became the college's permanent dean and served until 1978 when he returned to the faculty.

Barnes graduated from Austin College in 1947 with degrees in business administration, mathematics, and chemistry. He received an MBA from Texas Christian University in accounting and finance in 1949 and a Ph.D. in accounting, economics, and finance from the University of Illinois in 1957. Barnes came to Iowa in 1955 as an assistant professor of accounting. He was promoted to associate professor in 1959 and to full professor in 1963.

During his tenure as dean, the College of Business Administration grew from 900 to 3,500 students and from 29 to 81 faculty members. With the help of the University of Iowa president, Howard Bowen, Barnes helped the college transition to a research institution. Barnes also expanded the college's course offerings to continuing education programs, including the Executive MBA Program. He was instrumental in the planning and coordination of the construction of Phillips Hall, and he served the University of Iowa on numerous projects, which included serving as interim executive director of the Alumni Association.

At Iowa, Barnes served in many capacities, including with Campus Security, Weeg Computing Center, the Summer Sports Camp Program, and men's and women's varsity athletic programs. He served as head judge of UI track and field for 40 years. Serving as project manager for the university sports/recreation project, he oversaw the planning and construction of the Carver-Hawkeye Arena. As an avid Hawkeye, he was a member of the University President's Club and honorary member of the Iowa Letterman's Club.

In the local community, he served as chairman of the Board of Directors at Iowa State Bank and Trust Co. and ISB Financial Corp.; member of the Board of Directors of AEGON USA Managed Portfolios, Inc.; member of the Board of Directors of Speidel Newspapers Inc.; Executive Committee member at Mercy Hospital; and board member and president of Oaknoll Foundation, Inc.

He served on a number of civic organizations including the Iowa City Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club Board of Directors, Iowa Health Care Cost Containment Committee and was a trustee of the Iowa City Police and Firemen Retirement Fund.

Barnes passed away on April 27, 2006.