Power Women of Long Island, presented by Catholic Health, will honor Dr. Barry and her fellow recipients during a special celebration Nov. 17 at The Mansion at Oyster Bay. The annual event serves as a way to celebrate and honor the bold and brave women who “help make Long Island the thriving and vibrant place it is to work, live and do business,” organizers said.
“I want to congratulate Heather for this well-deserved honor,” said St. Joseph’s University, New York President Donald R. Boomgaarden, Ph.D. “I have the pleasure of working very closely with Heather, as she is a key member of the leadership team at the University, and I can attest to her commitment and dedication to her colleagues, our students, the University and the entire Long Island community.”
Dr. Barry a Pillar of the Community
A pillar at St. Joseph’s University since 2002, Dr. Barry previously served as associate provost, associate dean, director of the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, and assistant provost for Strategic Planning and Institutional Assessment. She’s also a professor of history.
Dr. Barry earned a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in history from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, and a doctorate from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. She has published several works, including her latest on seventeenth-century Quakers, and has taught an array of courses during her tenure, including Women and Gender in American History, African-American History, History of New York State and City, Historiography and Senior Capstone.
Dr. Barry’s focus is currently on helping develop the University’s next strategic plan and leading the task force to develop new programs in areas of need to assist future students with finding the right career path and to live a life characterized by the University’s five pillars: integrity, intellectual rigor, spiritual depth, social responsibility and service.
“Student success is of the utmost importance for me,” Dr. Barry said. “I want all of (our) students to learn and be successful.”