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Former Dean Bill Barnes remembered

Dr. Wilson (Bill) Barnes, who retired this past June as dean emeritus of the School of Architecture and Construction Management (ACM), passed away on Sun., Sept. 9, in Pittsfield, Mass.


Dr. Barnes joined the faculty of SPSU in 1995 as an associate professor of construction. Since then, Dr. Barnes had“remained a superior teacher and continued to show an extraordinary commitment to the university, and his focus on the professional development of his school was dynamic throughout his career,” according to Dr. Zvi Szafran, vice president for Academic Affairs.


Dr. Barnes was appointed as dean of what was then the School of Architecture, Civil Engineering Technology and Construction Management in July of 2001 and served in that capacity for 11 years. The school boasts the only nationally accredited professional Bachelor of Architecture in Georgia -- a five-year degree that includes two years of design foundation and three years of professional courses -- and one of the longest-running construction management (CM) programs in Georgia. The school also boasts some high-profile student competition teams, a fact illustrated by a huge victory this spring when CM students won the national Mechanical Contractors Association of America Student Chapter Competition.


“Bill’s focus was always on the built environment, especially in the area of adaptive reuse,” said Dr. Szafran. “When everyone was talking about tearing down Building I and replacing it with an engineering technology building, Bill had a different vision of adaptively reusing it as studio space. The I-1 and I-2 design studios on this campus are the result, with I-2 having won multiple awards and I-1’s renovation scheduled for completion in a few weeks. That is a fine legacy.”