About the Dean

William R. Barnett, Ph.D.

Dean of Graduate Studies

Appointed in 2011, Dean Barnett brings college teaching, administrative, and program development experience to the graduate programs at Trinity College.
Prior to coming to Trinity College, Dr. Barnett taught religious studies at Le Moyne College (Syracuse, NY) for 28 years. During that time, he also served as Academic Vice President and was responsible for planning and implementing graduate degree programs in business administration, education, and physician assistant studies.
Dean Barnett has written scholarly articles and papers in American religious history and thought, religion and American politics, religion and science, and 19th-century Christian theology. In addition, he served as co-principal investigator for Contemporary Catholic Trends, a social science research project involving Le Moyne College faculty and IBPOPZogby International. More recently, he has operated his own copywriting and consulting business, helping not-for-profit organizations and businesses improve their communications and marketing.
Dean Barnett received the Ph.D. degree from the University of Chicago (Divinity School) in 1976, an M.Div. degree from Southern Methodist University in 1967, and a B.A. degree from Wabash College in 1964. He currently resides with his wife, Jenny, in Manchester, CT.
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