Barbara Vacarr Named Top Influencer in Aging for 2015

Barbara Vacarr Named Top Influencer in Aging for 2015

Barbara Vacarr The Chamber is very proud to congratulate Barbara Vacarr, a member of our Board of Directors and Director at, on being named as one of 50 top Influencers in Aging for 2015 by Next Avenue.

Director of the Encore Higher Education Initiative at, Barbara Vacarr is spearheading a campaign to get America's colleges and universities to better serve students in midlife or beyond. The former president of Goddard College, she has spent a career developing programs for adult and non-traditional learners.

In March, Vacarr's initiative convened The EncoreU Summit for Higher Education Leaders to discuss policies, practices and pathways to support the transitions of people who want to continue to work and contribute in meaningful ways. Its next step: a Presidents Summit, where college and university presidents would gather and commit to an age-friendly "declaration pledge."

As a former college president, adult educator and psychologist, Barbara is committed to learning that makes a difference in the world. Over the course of her 27-year career, she has developed programs for adult and non-traditional learners to develop and transform themselves as they strengthen the connections between their learning, their living and their livelihoods.

Barbara holds a PhD in Psychology and Human Development. She is the former president of Goddard College and founding Director of the PhD in Adult Learning Program at Lesley University where she developed and led doctoral, masters and bachelor degree programs in adult education, mental health counseling and organizational leadership. Her scholarship has focused on adult learning and diversity education. Barbara is the founder and senior leader of an Intergenerational Women's Mentoring Collective, served as an interviewer for The Visual History of the Shoah Project and is a project leader for the Cambodian Youth and Missing History Project.

Meet Next Avenue's 2015 Influencers in Aging. These 50 thought leaders, innovators, writers, advocates, experts and others are changing how we age and think about aging.  
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