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Barnes Takes Position with Texas A&M University

Nov. 18, 2013

COPY BY: Rana McDonald, 806-651-2129, rmcdonald@wtamu.edu

Barnes Takes Position with Texas A&M University

CANYON, Texas—Gary Barnes, vice president for business and finance at West Texas A&M University, has been named associate vice president for finance and controller at Texas A&M University. He will finish out the year at WTAMU and join the Division of Finance at Texas A&M in January 2014.

As the associate vice president for finance and controller, Barnes will lead and direct financial operations for Texas A&M and be responsible for identifying and analyzing key accounting and financial initiatives. He will oversee numerous areas including accounts payable, accounts receivable, general accounting, asset and property accounting, financial reporting and more. Barnes will provide final review and management direction for the annual financial report, state financial reports and servGary Barnese as the primary contact with the state auditor’s office and system internal auditors on accounting and audit matters. 

Barnes has a long history with WTAMU. He graduated in 1978 from what was then West Texas State University and immediately joined the staff as an accountant. He has spent his entire professional career at his alma mater, quickly advancing through the ranks. He served as assistant director of business services and director of accounting and in 1987, he was appointed University controller and served as controller and associate vice president for business and finance from 1991 through 1995. In October 1995 he was named vice president for business and finance.

“Gary has a long and impressive record of service to the University,” Dr. J. Patrick O’Brien, WTAMU president, said. “As vice president for business and finance, he has had a hand in all campus construction, renovation and improvements over the past several decades. Through his exemplary leadership, all of the behind-the-scenes business services necessary for the WT to pursue its educational mission have been provided at high levels of efficiency and effectiveness. To say his impact at WT has been significant is an understatement. In large part, the recent successes of WT have been Gary’s successes. We wish him the best in his new venture. His professionalism, dedication and commitment to WT will be missed.”

During his more than 35 years at WTAMU, Barnes has garnered a long list of accomplishments. He has played a significant role in the more than $300 million in construction and renovation during the past 18 years at the University. This alone has transformed the University into a modern, technology-rich learning environment for a growing student population. Construction and renovation through the years includes everything from  new residence halls, the Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Vaughan Pedestrian Mall, Buffalo Sports Park, parking lots and much more. Students also can thank Barnes for the convenience of the Buff Gold Card which serves as a student ID, meal card, door access and debit card. He also implemented online parking permit purchases and citation payments and directed a marketing campaign for electronic processing of student payments.

Barnes also helped turn the campus a bit greener with a recycling program. Under his direction, the campus community has recycled thousands of pounds of paper, cardboard, aluminum and plastic since 2010.

He also is a very involved member of the Canyon and Amarillo communities, helping with such organizations as the Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, First United Methodist Church of Canyon, the WTAMU Foundation,Wesley Foundation, Kiwanis, Leadership Amarillo/Canyon, United Way and more. At WTAMU, Barnes has been a member of numerous committees and served as chair for several. He also received the University’s coveted Clarence E. Thompson Staff Excellence Award in 1991.

“I am blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of this great University and the Canyon/Amarillo community,” Barnes said. “Including my time as a student, I have been associated with WT for 39 years. I am proud to have been part of the team that has made WT one of the best regional universities anywhere. WT has one of the best faculty and staff as evidenced by the nationally renowned individuals and programs. It’s the people that make WT great, and it’s the people that I will miss the most.

“I am most excited about the new opportunity I have at Texas A&M University. I am honored to have been selected for this position at such a prestigious university.”

Barnes will begin work at Texas A&M University in January 2014. An interim will fill the WTAMU post until a permanent selection is made.


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Dana Thomas
on 11.22.2013

Congratulations Gary! I am so happy to hear that you are coming to Aggieland!