PhD in Psychology, Union Institute and University

Personal Statement

Dr. Barbara Vacarr was appointed as President of Goddard College in July 2010 and remained in office through December 31, 2013.

As a psychologist and adult educator, she has been a leader in developing innovative programs for adult learners. She came to Goddard from Lesley University where, for the past 23 years, she was instrumental in establishing the school as a center for adult learning.

In 2006, she launched Lesley’s first PhD program in Adult Learning and directed the PhD programs in Lesley’s School of Education.

She is the founder and senior leader of Intergenerational Women’s Mentoring Collective (2003). For the past six years, she has been an adult learning consultant for the Rural Health and Human Services Programs at the University of Fairbanks. She served as an interviewer for Steven Spielberg’s Visual History of the Shoah Project, Project Leader for the Cambodian Youth and Missing History Project and speaker for Facing History and Ourselves.

Dr. Vacarr is also a published scholar on the subjects of Adult Learning and Diversity Education.