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THURSDAY, MAY 21, 1992
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With This Resource, Watch Out For Developments!
If the warmth, the liveliness and the profound intelli
gence of Glenn Barefoot can't boost the resources of
Brunswick Community College, it just can't be done.
That, at least, is the impression one gets from meet
ing this new resource development director. After one
month on the job, the 47-year-old Barefoot, bursting
GLENN BAREFOOT flashes a happy smile as
she describes her new job at Brunswick Com
munity College.
with enthusiasm, said, "What I love about the job is that
it challenges every inch of mc. I'm in a position that
needs everything 1 have."
What she has is considerable: people skills, success
ful experience with procuring grants, business acumen
and all the drama and persuasiveness of a good teacher.
The Virginia native became an "adopted Tar Heel"
in 1968 when she began teaching English at North
Carolina State University. In 1972 she went to Randolph
Community College in Ashcboro, where grant writing
was added to teaching assignments.
"I got a National Endowment for the Humanities
grant," she recalled, "and money for the first battered
women's shelter program in the county."
After marriage, two children and a divorce. Barefoot
came to Wilmington in 19X1, where she met and mar
ried Abram Barefoot whose furniture store in downtown
Wilmington became her bailiwick.
"I worked in the store for 18 months and learned
about business," she said, "then began teaching English
part time at Cape Fear Community College."
All these experiences, she believes, arc helpful in her
present efforts at BCC.
"I have an advantage here in that I can identify with
the faculty who don't have enough money, and I can also
relate to the business office of the college, which doesn't
know where the money's coming from,-' she said.
There arc three avenues through which she promotes
the institution: the Ambassador program, which attracts
students to represent BCC around the county and on
campus at special events; grant management, requiring
her to seek outside sources of money for the college; and
the Brunswick Foundation, a group of county residents
that is building an endowment to give the college stabili
ty over time.
This foundation is presently renovating the
Southport campus, she said. "The endowment it raises
comes from individuals who want to support education,"
she explained. "Jesse Frances, for example, is a
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" What I love about the job is that it challenges every inch
of me. I'm in a position that needs everything I have."
? Glenn Barefoot,
Brunswick Community College
Resource Development Director.
Southport retiree who gave S10.000 to invest. Only the
interest from this is used."
Barefoot is actively involved in all three of these
promotional endeavors. Patting a stack of papers in her
"in" basket, she laughed with relief after a young
woman came in to add one. "These arc Ambassador ap
plications," Barefoot said, "and yesterday this basket
was empty, witt\ the deadline tomorrow." Five students
arc chosen each year to receive scholarships as
Ambassadors and to perform as a speaker's bureau, talk
ing about the college.
The grant writing is already under way.
"I've sent three out since I've been here," Barefoot
laughcd.'Tm not sure when we'll begin hearing from
Foundation matters are frequently on her schedule,
with individual conferences, meetings and fund-raising
projects that claim her attention.
She works alone, without a staff, in an office in the
administrative building, but feels the support of other
college personnel.
"It's like a family here," she said. "We all pitch in.
I've worked a lot of places but never felt the sense of ca
maraderie that I find here."
This is a lady who loves variety, and it is constant in
this job.
"You never know on any day what will land on your
desk," she said.
The future of this particular institution, Barefoot be
lieves, with characteristic optimism, is brighter than
"Enrollment across the state is not increasing," she
said, "but we arc a county that's growing, and the school
reflects this growth."
Part of the future growth at BCC will ccrtainly be at
tributed to the smiling new face on staff, that energetic
lady in charge of resource development. Glenn Barefoot
may well be be the skyrocket this institution needs to in
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