Craig and Barbara Barrett make major gift to Barrett Honors College

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May 9, 2017

“Barbara Barrett and her husband are the most friendly, most helpful patrons I’ve met or heard of,” Barrett Honors College Dean Mark Jacobs said this morning to a sea of students in maroon and gold caps and gowns, their families and friends, at the 2017 honors college convocation.

Barretts at 2017 Celebrating Honors Symposium

Barbara and Craig Barrett hear about a student's honors thesis at the 2017 Barrett Honors College Celebrating Honors Symposium of Theses and Creative Projects.

Jacobs explained that Barbara Barrett, former U.S. ambassador to Finland, and Craig Barrett, former chairman of the board and CEO of the Intel Corporation, made a naming endowment to the honors college in 2000 and decided to make another significant gift this year.

"And now, today, amongst all these students, faculty, families and staff at the honors college here at Barrett’s convocation, they decided this was the right time to announce the second major gift - a gift of $2 million to this college and to you, the members of the Barrett family,” Jacob said. 

More than 800 honors graduates were on hand to hear the gift announcement during the Barrett Honors College Convocation ceremony at Wells Fargo Arena. They were part of the college's largest graduating class to date, with 1,000 graduates.

“This gift will allow the college power to support its students as they become responsible, global citizens, well educated about the issues and challenges that the international community and the planet face,” Dean Jacobs said.

Hear more of what Dean Jacobs had to say about the Barretts' gift here.

Read more about it here.

Barrett Honors College is immersed in Campaign ASU 2020, an effort to strengthen funding for student scholarships, global citizenship, faculty support, and building an honors student success center. Barrett friends, family, and alumni are invited to learn more and support this endeavor.

Story by Ranjani Venkatakrishnan

Video by Lerman Montoya

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