It is with deeply mixed emotions that I share with you that Barbara Fayad, our vice president for human resources and Title IX, has decided to retire effective December 31, 2020.
During Barbara’s nineteen years of service as director and then later vice president, she developed the human resources office into an essential, independent component of PC’s operations. Barbara has worked tirelessly to recruit and retain staff and faculty, and she has supported, nurtured, and guided thousands of PC employees with a mix of grace, steel, flexibility, caring, love, and compassion throughout both good times and challenging circumstances. Barbara has also managed numerous policies and procedures to keep PC moving smoothly, including handbooks of all stripes, payroll and budget practices, compliance with federal regulations, and provision and maintenance of benefits. Her work with Title IX cases has displayed particular patience, perseverance, and professionalism in a way that yields respect and support across all those involved, and Barbara has been both an exceptional member of the PC leadership team and a tremendous resource in her work with our Board of Trustees.
On a personal note, Barbara has been an invaluable friend, confidant, and guide for me throughout her time on campus: as I know she has for many of you, she has provided me wise counsel, clear-eyed judgment, and a friendly and supportive ear when it is most needed. She has displayed an unmatched love and compassion for PC and its employees, and we have all benefited from her dedication, guidance, and support.
While I know Barbara will be missed across campus, I know she is very eager to spend much more time with her delightful and precocious grandchildren. Please join me and all of the Leadership Team, then, in wishing her a relaxing and fulfilling retirement, and in thanking Barbara for her nineteen years of outstanding service to Presbyterian College.
Bob Staton ’68