Thunderbird Names Craig and Barbara Barrett to Head Strategic Campaign
(GLENDALE, Ariz.) Jan. 03, 2008 — Thunderbird School of Global Management has named Craig and Barbara Barrett to chair Campaign Thunderbird, a $65 million dollar capital campaign for students, faculty, classrooms and research at the world’s leading school of global management.
In accordance with Thunderbird’s strategic plan, the campaign will raise funds for scholarships, professorships, curricular innovation and research, simultaneously improving facilities, technology and operations.
As campaign chairs, the Barretts will rally the Thunderbird Trustees, faculty, staff, students, alumni and other supporters around the world. They will work closely with President Ángel Cabrera and Chief Development Officer Joan Neice.
Passionate about students, both Barretts have been Thunderbird commencement speakers, winterim lecturers and guest classroom presenters.
“The Barretts represent Thunderbird’s core values. They are global citizens, international business leaders and diplomats who strive to make the world a better place through business and education,” said President Cabrera. “We are fortunate to have these notable Arizonans leading the charge for Campaign Thunderbird.”
Barbara Barrett is an international business and aviation attorney, a corporate executive and a diplomat. She is CEO of Triple Creek Guest Ranch in Montana, leads efforts in United States State and Defense Departments, serves on the corporate boards of Raytheon and Exponent, and is a trustee of The Aerospace Corporation, Mayo Clinic and the Smithsonian Institution, in addition to Thunderbird.
In Arizona, Mrs. Barrett advances education at all levels. She introduced the concept of the springtime Sally Ride Science Festival at Arizona State University – a math, science and technology program (starring astronauts including Sally Ride) designed for middle school girls. Additionally, top middle schoolers participate in the Barrett Summer Scholars program, an accelerated learning regimen at the Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University.
Mrs. Barrett recently served as Senior Advisor to the United States Mission at the United Nations. Her business and personal travels have taken her to more than 130 countries.
Drawing upon her extensive network, Mrs. Barrett has become a global ambassador for Thunderbird. She has brought to campus dozens of international leaders, CEOs, prime ministers and ambassadors, including the memorable visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Mrs. Barrett is a member of the U.S.−Afghan Women’s Council and a driving force behind Thunderbird’s Project Artemis – a training, development and mentorship program for Afghan women entrepreneurs.
Thunderbird recognized her achievements and service to Thunderbird with an Honorary Doctorate in International Law.
Craig Barrett joined Intel Corporation in 1974, an emerging electronics firm. He rose through the engineering ranks to become Intel’s fourth president in 1997, chief executive officer in 1998 and chairman of the Board in 2005.
Dr. Barrett is a leading advocate for education around the world and has been a key motivator behind Intel’s commitment to the annual International Science and Engineering Fair in which high schoolers from over 50 nations compete. The company created an international network of more than 120 computer clubhouses for underpriviledged youth.
As Chairman of the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development, Dr. Barrett promotes the use of technology to raise international education, social and economic standards. As Chair of the National Academy of Engineering, he promotes technological advancement and the engineering profession.
Dr. Barrett holds a bachelors, masters and Ph.D. in Materials Science from Stanford University. Indicative of his global mindset, he is the recipient of 10 honorary degrees from academic institutions on four continents.