Daniel Barwick

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Daniel W. Barwick
Barwick front pic 2018.jpg
New Hartford, 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) is an American author, fundraiser, podcaster, and teacher. 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] His graduate work was primarily in metaphysics and bioethics, and his dissertation was on the metaphysics of concepts.[2] He is a 2012 graduate of Leadership Independence and a 2013 graduate of Leadership Kansas.[3]


Barwick was CEO of CBD Associates, LLC, a real estate holding company in New York, and CFO for The Well-Dressed Reader, an internet specialty company.[4]

Barwick 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.[5] He became President of Independence Community College in 2011.[6]

From 2008-2018, Barwick was certified by CFRE International,[7] a provider of professional certification of fundraising proficiency. Since 2007, he has worked primarily as a fundraiser for nonprofit organizations, raising over $100M since that time.[8]

Barwick was named by Ingram's Business Magazine as one of the "Fifty Kansans You Should Know" in 2016.[9] 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. Active in Rotary International, he became the president of the Independence, Kansas Rotary Club in 2017.[10]

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.[11]

Barwick played a minor role as himself in the 2018 and 2019 seasons of the Netflix documentary series Last Chance U, which featured Independence Community College.[12][13][14]

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.[15]

Barwick is the author of the 2020 book Risk and Reward: How Small Colleges Get Better Against the Odds, published by ABJames.[16] He is also the author of the 1994 book Intentional Implications : The impact of a reduction of mind on philosophy, published by University Press of America. According to WorldCat, the book is held in 95 libraries.[17]

In 2020, Barwick became Director of Development of the School of Health and Human Services at Indiana State University.[18] He also periodically teaches philosophy as an adjunct instructor for a variety of schools, including Black Hawk College (Illinois), Franklin University (Ohio), Oklahoma City Community College (Oklahoma), Paul D. Camp Community College (Virginia), and Udemy.com.[19]

Educational issues[edit]

Following conflict in 2005-2006 that took place between the Alfred State College campus president Uma Gupta and employees, which attracted national coverage in the New York Times,[20] The Chronicle of Higher Education,[21] and other venues,[22] 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.[23][24]

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.[25] 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 was not sufficient experimentation with different instructional methods to determine whether large class size was always correlated with poorer outcomes.

In 2013, Independence Community College became the first public college in Kansas to allow the concealed carry of handguns.[26] As more states require public colleges to allow concealed carry, Barwick has spoken and published on the data gathered during the 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.[27][28]

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.[29]

In 2021, Barwick first published his view that the majority of colleges should shift to what he called a “trundle,” a teaching-based version of Scott Galloway’s “rundle,” which is itself a combination of bundling of services and a subscription-based payment model.[30] Barwick has argued that the current transaction model of higher education, which requires a commitment of time, effort, and money from the student with no guarantee of success, is increasingly unattractive to prospective students and will gradually erode enrollments further.


  1. ^ "Barry Smith: Students".
  2. ^ Barwick, Daniel Workman (1997). On the Nature of Concepts: An Essay in Metaphysics (PhD Thesis). State University of New York at Buffalo.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-12-23. Retrieved 2014-01-09.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Dr. Daniel Barwick | Alfred State College". Xcatweb.alfredstate.edu. August 17, 2010. Archived from the original on April 24, 2012. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  6. ^ "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.
  7. ^ CFRE International Annual Report 2011, p. 36 [1] Archived 2013-06-05 at the Wayback Machine Access date June 10, 2013
  8. ^ "A Higher Education Leader".
  9. ^ "Ingram's :: 50 Kansans You Should Know". 25 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Dr. Dan Barwick, Independence Community College President 2011-Present".
  11. ^ http://mortarboardblog.com/
  12. ^ "'Last Chance U' Season 3 review: A fascinating coach and his underdogs lead to best season yet". 2018-07-13.
  13. ^ "Last Chance U is your midsummer TV binge: EW review". Entertainment Weekly.
  14. ^ "Last Chance U Season 3: Ranking the best characters".
  15. ^ "Barwick resignation". 12 July 2019.
  16. ^ Risk and Reward: How Small Colleges Get Better Against the Odds.
  17. ^ WorldCat item record
  18. ^ "Newsroom | Indiana State University".
  19. ^ "Resume | Daniel Barwick". danielbarwick.com. Archived from the original on 2021-06-14.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ 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.
  22. ^ — Doug Lederman. "News: Another Way Out". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved October 3, 2011.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  23. ^ Barwick, Daniel W. "Views: The Blog That Ate a Presidency". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  24. ^ http://www.emeraldinsight.com/journals.htm?issn=1074-8121&volume=15&issue=1&articleid=1593256&show=pdf[dead link]
  25. ^ Barwick, Daniel W. "Views: Does Class Size Matter?". Inside Higher Ed. Retrieved October 3, 2011.
  26. ^ "Concealed-carry law goes into effect at Kansas colleges, universities - News - The Garden City Telegram - Garden City, KS". www.gctelegram.com. Archived from the original on 2018-01-03.
  27. ^ "Developing concealed-carry policies for campuses". 2018-04-11.
  28. ^ Yaccino, Steven (2013-07-07). "Schools Seeking to Arm Employees Hit Hurdle on Insurance". The New York Times.
  29. ^ http://www.kansas.com/sports/article109538887.html[bare URL]
  30. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: The Trundle is the Future of Higher Education. YouTube.