Daniel Barwick

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Daniel W. Barwick
Barwick front pic 2018.jpg
Utica, NY
Alma materState University of New York College at Geneseo, University of Iowa, State University of New York at Buffalo

Daniel Workman Barwick (born June 21, 1968, in Utica, New York) is an American author, teacher, educational consultant, fundraiser, and journalist. He was the President of Independence Community College in Independence, Kansas.

Biography and education[edit]

Barwick was born in New Hartford, New York, and raised in Utica, New York. Following high school, he attended school in Strangnas, Sweden, as a Rotary International Exchange Student, returning to the United States in 1987 to attend the State University of New York College at Geneseo, where he completed his Bachelor of Arts degree. He then earned a Master of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Iowa, studying under Panayot Butchvarov. He earned his PhD from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where Barry Smith served as his dissertation advisor.[1] He is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Independence and a 2013 graduate of Leadership Kansas.[2] He was married in 1997 to the former Carin Weaver, originally of Spencerport, New York. Barwick resides in Independence, Kansas, with his wife and their two daughters.[citation needed]


Before becoming President of Independence Community College in 2011,[3] he was Associate Professor of philosophy and Director of Institutional Advancement at Alfred State College, Executive Director of that college's Development Fund, and held a number of other administrative positions there.[4] He was awarded the first system-wide Provost Fellowship in the State University of New York, and served as an Academic Policy and Planning Evaluation Associate for that system.

He has published and lectured on higher education, and was the President of the New York State Association of Scholars, and President of the American Association for Learning Outcomes Assessment. From 2008-2018, Barwick was certified by CFRE International,[5] a provider of professional certification of fundraising proficiency.

In addition to his academic work, he is the former CEO of CBD Associates, LLC, a real estate holding company in New York, and was the CFO for The Well-Dressed Reader, an internet specialty company.[6]

Barwick was named by Ingram's Business Magazine as one of the "Fifty Kansans You Should Know" in 2016.[7] In 2017, he was elected President of the Council of Presidents, the Kansas-wide group of community college presidents. During the 2017-2018 fiscal year in which he represented Kansas Community Colleges, community college funding statewide received its first increase in eight years. Also in 2017, he was named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow.[8]

Since 2018, Barwick has published a blog on higher education issues from a senior leadership perspective, The Mortarboard Blog. He hosts a companion podcast, The Mortarboard.[9]

Barwick played a minor role as himself in the 2018 and 2019 seasons of the Netflix Emmy-winning documentary series Last Chance U, which featured Independence Community College, receiving positive reviews.[10][11][12]

Barwick resigned as President of Independence Community College in June 2019, as the Mortarboard became a larger organization and he took on the role of President. [13]

Barwick is the author of the 2020 book Risk and Reward: How Small Colleges Get Better Against the Odds, published by ABJames.[14] He is also the author of the 1994 book Intentional Implications :Tthe impact of a reduction of mind on philosophy, published by University Press of America. According to WorldCat, the book is held in 95 libraries.[15] In addition to the his journalism roles as an author, blogger, and guest blogger on contemporary issues in higher education, is also the author of fourteen articles and chapters, primarily on educational administration and his philosophical interests, which include ethics, cognitive science, and metaphysics.[16]

Barwick was hired in 2021 as Director of Development of the School of Health and Human Services at Indiana State University.[17]

Educational issues[edit]

Following conflict in 2005-2006 that took place between the Alfred State College campus president Uma Gupta and the employees that attracted national coverage in the New York Times,[18] The Chronicle of Higher Education,[19] and other venues,[20] Barwick identified the event as the first time that social media criticism had contributed substantially to the reassignment of a public college president, publishing positively reviewed analyses in national and international publications.[21][22]

Barwick was a proponent of the view that a negative link between large class size, generically understood, and reduced learning outcomes has not been proven to exist in higher education, and has argued that additional funding for research is needed.[23] An early advocate for the Mooc, he has argued that although a negative link has been established between certain types of instruction in large classes and learning outcomes, there is not sufficient experimentation with different instructional methods to determine whether large class size is always correlated with poorer outcomes.

In 2013, Independence Community College became the first public college in Kansas to allow the concealed carry of handguns.[24] As more states require public colleges to allow concealed carry, Barwick now speaks widely on the data gathered during the lengthy period since the rule was enacted, the process used to construct his campus' policy, and the insurance options for schools who choose to allow concealed carry.[25][26]

In 2016, Barwick was one of eight presidents who threatened to leave the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference over concerns regarding football roster limitations. Barwick and the seven other presidents argued that the roster limitations were originally based on racial discrimination, and continued to have a discriminatory effect against minority athletes. The conference subsequently voted unanimously to eliminate the restrictions.[27]


  1. ^ http://ontology.buffalo.edu/smith/students/
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-23. Retrieved 2014-01-09.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "New York man named ICC president : Montgomery County Chronicle". Taylornews.org. June 17, 2011. Archived from the original on April 3, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  4. ^ "Dr. Daniel Barwick | Alfred State College". Xcatweb.alfredstate.edu. August 17, 2010. Archived from the original on April 24, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  5. ^ CFRE International Annual Report 2011, p. 36 [1] Archived 2013-06-05 at the Wayback Machine Access date June 10, 2013
  6. ^ "Dr. Daniel Barwick: The Role of the Community College in Encouraging Innovation". Innovatesek.org. Archived from the original on October 10, 2011. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  7. ^ "Ingram's :: 50 Kansans You Should Know".
  8. ^ https://danielbarwick.com/resume
  9. ^ http://mortarboardblog.com/
  10. ^ "'Last Chance U' Season 3 review: A fascinating coach and his underdogs lead to best season yet". 2018-07-13.
  11. ^ http://ew.com/tv/2018/07/25/last-chance-u-review/
  12. ^ "Last Chance U Season 3: Ranking the best characters".
  13. ^ "Barwick resignation".
  14. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Risk-Reward-Colleges-Better-Against-ebook/dp/B08955RLWQ/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=risk+and+reward&qid=1592501160&sr=8-2
  15. ^ WorldCat item record
  16. ^ https://danielbarwick.com/resume
  17. ^ https://www2.indstate.edu/news/news.php?newsid=5412
  18. ^ York, Michelle (February 14, 2006). "After Inquiry, New York Officials Urge College President to Change Leadership Style - New York Times". New York Times. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  19. ^ Read, Brock (September 15, 2006). "Attack of the Blog - Technology - The Chronicle of Higher Education". The Chronicle of Higher Education. Chronicle.com. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  20. ^ — Doug Lederman. "News: Another Way Out". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved October 3, 2011.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  21. ^ Barwick, Daniel W. "Views: The Blog That Ate a Presidency". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  22. ^ http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1074-8121&volume=15&issue=1&articleid=1593256&show=pdf
  23. ^ Barwick, Daniel W. "Views: Does Class Size Matter?". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  24. ^ http://www.gctelegram.com/b0a59959-531d-5fd4-bad0-4905b5682e1c.html
  25. ^ "Developing concealed-carry policies for campuses". 2018-04-11.
  26. ^ Yaccino, Steven (2013-07-07). "Schools Seeking to Arm Employees Hit Hurdle on Insurance". The New York Times.
  27. ^ http://www.kansas.com/sports/article109538887.html