Office of the Dean
Office of the Dean

Barnhart Fund for Excellence

Barnhart Fund for Excellence

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Dean Charles E.
Barnhart (1969-1988)

The Charles E. Barnhart Fund for Excellence was created to honor Dr. Barnhart, dean of the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment from 1969-1988. The Barnhart Fund supports activities that enhance excellence in College of Agriculture, Food and Environment programs.

Annually, the Barnhart Fund for Excellence Committee, comprised of faculty and staff and appointed to three-year terms by the dean, seeks proposals for projects/programs to be supported by the fund. Such proposals might include, but not be limited to workshops/conferences, nationally or internationally renowned speakers to give major presentations, programmatic initiatives with an excellence theme, and student enrichment and development activities. Funded proposals may receive up to $1,000. Approximately 10-12 projects are funded per year, out of an average of 40 applications.

Current Awardees

Leaders and Co-Leaders of projects currently funded by the Barnhart Fund for Excellence need to submit documentation of all expenditures of awarded funds using the following forms. Units/Departments/County offices make the initial purchases, and then submit the receipts for reimbursement via journal voucher. Requests for reimbursement must be submitted within 60 days of purchases being made and no later than June 30, 2023. 

County/Extension Office Reimbursement Form

On-Campus Project Reimbursement Form

Past Projects

A list of projects the Barnhart Fund for Excellence has funded in the past can be found at the link below. Reviewing this list may be helpful to those considering applying for the award in the future.

Past Barnhart Fund for Excellence Recipients

Office of Faculty Resources, Planning and Assessment

Brian Lee, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Faculty Resources, Planning and Assessment


Misty Howard, PHR, SHRM-CP
Assistant Director of Faculty Resources


Tricia Coakley, M.P.A.
Assistant Director of Planning and Assessment


N3 Agriculture Science Center North
1100 South Limestone Street
Lexington, KY 40546-0091

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If you have questions regarding the Barnhart Fund, please contact:

The Office of Faculty Resources, Planning and Assessment

Questions specifically about award expenditures by Extension offices should be directed to:

Tina Ward

Contact Information

Dr. Nancy Cox, Ph.D.

S123 Ag. Science Center North Lexington, KY 40546-0091

+1 (859) 257-4772