Title: Educational Administrator (Retired)
Company: Indiana State Teachers Association
Location: Carmel, Indiana, United States
Robert Barcus, Retired Educational Administrator at the Indiana State Teachers Association, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in academic administration.
Demonstrating more than four decades of professional excellence, Mr. Barcus is a passionate and celebrated educator, who most recently served as the associate executive director of labor relations and administration at the Indiana State Teachers Association from 1993 until his retirement in 2003. Previously, he served the association in multiple capacities, including as the assistant executive director of labor relations and administration, the assistant executive director of administration, personnel and governance, the assistant executive director of special services and teacher rights, an administrative assistant, an executive assistant, the director of special services, an assistant director of research and a salary consultant. In 1959, Mr. Barcus commenced his career as a teacher and a coach at several high schools in Indiana.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Mr. Barcus earned a Bachelor of Physical Education from Purdue University in 1959, followed by a Master of Arts from Ball State University in 1963. He subsequently completed postgraduate coursework at Indiana University and Purdue University prior to obtaining his superintendent’s license from Butler University in 1967. During his time in college, he was a member of Phi Delta Kappa and was an Alumni Scholar at Purdue University.
In addition to his primary professional pursuits, Mr. Barcus was a clerk of the Church of the Brethren from 1966 to 1974, also serving multiple terms as the church’s chairman and finance secretary. In 2000, he became a member of the Indiana State Library and Historical Board, for which he has held numerous positions, and he is also a member of the Indiana State Library Foundation. In 2004, Mr. Barcus was a trustee of Manchester University, and he maintains affiliations with the National Education Association, the Indianapolis Press Club, the National Education Association and Phi Delta Kappa. He became involved with his profession after he was inspired by his first great teacher, and finds the most rewarding part of his career to be watching students begin to understand a topic.
Among the highlights of his career, the moments which most stand out to Mr. Barcus are the times when his students are enlightened by his teachings and truly understand the material before them. He considers these instances to be indications of the terrific work he has done as an educator. Aside from this professional highlight, he was honored with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from the State of Indiana in 2002, the highest recognition given by the state to a civilian. Notably, he has been featured in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World, and is the recipient of the prestigious Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.
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