Carr Selected for Barr Professional Development Award
Fri Jun 21, 2024
.  L to R: Sarah Sakaguchi, Fairmont State University, Bridget Carr, Glenville State University, Clark Egnor, WV Higher Education Policy Commission, Emily Liu, Shepherd University, Marcus Murrell, Concord University

Carr Selected for Barr Professional Development Award


GLENVILLE, WV – Glenville State University Director of International Student Services, Bridget Carr, has been selected to receive the 2024 Pete and Betsy Barr Professional Development Award. The award, which was first established in 2010 by former GSU President and First Lady Drs. Peter and Betsy Barr, is rotated annually between Glenville State faculty and staff and must be used within eighteen months of being awarded. The award is designed primarily for the recipient to further their professional growth; however, the awardee can use the money to further their particular area of interest in lieu of traditional professional development activities.


As recipient of the award, Carr had the opportunity to attend the 76th annual NAFSA: Association of International Educators Conference and Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana at the end of May. NAFSA is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange, with more than 11,000 members across 4,300 institutions. 


Attending many informative sessions, Carr learned ways to increase campus and community support for the international student population at Glenville State University.  In addition to student support, she was updated on the best practices and rules for admissions, immigration laws, and international student recruiting initiatives. 


It was wonderful to connect with so many educators from around the world who support international education. I am grateful to the Glenville State University Foundation for supporting this amazing opportunity that allowed me to learn, grow and connect with the international community,” Carr said.


Previous recipients of the Barr Award have included: Dr. Sara Sawyer (2010), Amanda Frymier (2011), Cheryl Fleming McKinney, CPA (2012), Denise Ellyson (2013), Dr. Megan Gibbons (2014), Sports Medicine Staff (2015), Dennis Wemm (2016), Dustin Crutchfield (2017), Dr. Jeff Bryson (2020), Kristen Cosner (2021), and Dr. Mark Sarver (2022).


The next Barr Award will be presented in 2025 to a selected staff applicant. A committee reviews all applications and selects the awardee.


For more information about the Pete and Betsy Barr Professional Development Award, contact Vice President for Advancement and Executive Director of GSU Foundation David Hutchinson at or (304) 462-6381.