Indianapolis, July 11, 2016—Experienced higher education professional Rick Barnes will join the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) staff in the role of Vice President of Campus Operations.

When he comes on board in early August, Barnes will help develop a robust campus support model to increase alumni, undergraduate and Interfraternity Council (IFC) effectiveness. He will establish relationships with campus professionals and NIC stakeholders to coordinate a national education and advocacy strategy. Barnes will work alongside Will Foran, the existing VP of Campus Operations, which strengthens the capacity and impact of the NIC’s campus support team.

“Very few people bring the breadth and depth of Rick’s experience to the table,” said NIC Chief Operating Officer Mike McRee. “We are excited to leverage his knowledge and experience in working with campuses, alumni and organizations in his role supporting university fraternity communities.”

Barnes brings a unique blend of experience and vast familiarity with the collegiate landscape to the NIC. He worked in student affairs for 15 years at Texas Christian University and Clemson University. Since 2001, Barnes has been an educational and motivational speaker, presenting to more than 1 million students at over 600 campuses.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to join the NIC team during this important time in our history,” said Barnes. “I have long been committed to the interfraternal movement, and I welcome the opportunity to be a part of the future of fraternities throughout North-America.”

He shows commitment to the fraternity experience through significant volunteer service, which has been recognized by numerous associations. Barnes was President of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors and served as Chairman of the AFA Foundation. AFA recognized him with its highest honor, the Jack L. Anson Award, for his impact within the interfraternal community. A member of FarmHouse Fraternity, he has served on the organization’s International Board of Directors for 12 years, including four as President, completing his service this summer. Barnes was also a member of the NIC’s Board of Directors from 2001-2010 and was awarded the NIC Gold Medal in 2011 for his lifelong service to the interfraternal community, the highest honor the Conference can bestow.

Barnes joined FarmHouse while attending Texas Tech University, and he earned his master’s degree from Texas Christian University. He will work from his home in Keller, Texas, where he also serves as Mayor Pro-Tempore for the city.