In Memoriam: William “Bill” Barrett
July 1, 2013 | Updated July 10, 2013
William “Bill” Barrett
William C. “Bill” Barrett, associate vice president for administration and finance, died Saturday, June 29.
Barrett, who was appointed interim vice president for administration and finance/CFO from January 2012 to January 2013, “was committed to the mission of our University and cared deeply about student success,” said Cal State Fullerton President Mildred García in a message to the campus. “He was a wonderful friend and colleague who will be greatly missed.”
Barrett joined CSUF in 1998, serving as associate vice president for administration. He was responsible for environmental health and instructional safety, parking and transportation, the division budget and information technology. He was instrumental in acquiring the College Park building, and he participated on numerous committees and task forces, including the University Planning Committee, WASC Reaccreditation Committee and the Enrollment Management Committee.
In 2001, he was appointed acting vice president for administration, reporting directly to the president and working with the president’s cabinet on overall planning and management of the university. He served as senior executive, which included human resources, facilities management, physical plant, public safety, environmental health and instructional safety, parking and transportation, university risk management and the CSUF Foundation.
"Bill was the best kind of administrator," said William Haddad, emeritus professor of history. "He realized the important role faculty and staff had in the success of our students. He was able to accomplish many projects, for example in the area of parking and in the acquisition of College Park, because he was non-confrontational. For him, more things could be accomplished if everyone shared in the credit for a project."
"Bill was more than a colleague; he was a mentor and friend for more than 15 years," said Paulette Blumberg, interim associate vice president for administration and finance. "He enjoyed his work and had a great sense of humor while getting the job done. I recall a 'lively' discussion I was having with a colleague that Bill overheard, unaware to us. When we realized the boss was in my doorway, he looked over with that wry smile of his and said, 'Continue. I've got to hear how this ends.' He was a huge Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed teasing me when they beat my beloved New York Yankees. He was a great man to work for; honest, ethical and straight to the point. Bill will be missed by many and will continue to live in our hearts."
Prior to his arrival at CSUF, Barrett served as deputy associate vice president for administration and executive director of administrative and logistical services during a nine-year stint at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.
From 1977 to 1989, he worked for the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as assistant director of administrative services and director of transportation and parking. He held a bachelor’s degree in political science and an MPA from the University of Massachusetts.
Barrett lived in Placentia. He is survived by his wife, Priscilla, two daughters and a son.
Memorial services are still pending. All condolence cards can be directed to the Office of the Vice President of Administration and Finance/CFO, Room 802 of Langsdorf Hall, P.O.Box 6826, Fullerton, 92834. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Bill's memory to the Kidney Cancer Association.