Craig Barfield joined Meredith’s administration as Vice President for Business & Finance at the beginning of the spring 2011 semester, bringing with him a decade of experience in a similar role at Peace College.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to be here at Meredith after working at Peace College,” Barfield said. “My background at a women’s college provided the perfect experience for this position at Meredith.”
Barfield’s responsibilities as Peace’s Vice President for Finance and Administration included budget development and monitoring as well as supervision of facilities, housekeeping, grounds, dining, bookstore and human resources functions for the college.
“Arriving at Meredith, I see many of the same challenges and therefore the same opportunities.”
The wide variety of areas that the business and finance division encompasses is appealing to Barfield because there’s always something new to learn. He spent time on campus in December meeting with the supervisors in his division.
In addition to his work at Peace College, Barfield also has experience in government, having served as Assistant Controller for the N.C. Department of State Treasurer and earlier as Director of the Fiscal Management Section for the Local Government Commission.
“Craig is an experienced vice president who brings with him strong skills in financial management, staff supervision, budget development, and understanding of the small campus environment,” said President Maureen Hartford. “Craig will be an excellent addition to Meredith College.”
A Raleigh native, Barfield said “I’ve known Meredith College all my life.” Women’s colleges also hold a special place of esteem for him. “I greatly value women’s higher education institutions,” Barfield said. “My wife, mother, aunts and grandmother all attended women’s colleges.”
Outside of the office, Barfield is a musician who serves as organist at First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh.
He has also played at numerous weddings, including a few that were held in Meredith’s Jones Chapel.
“Music has always been a part of my life,” Barfield said. “It is a fun counterbalance in my life … it’s too enjoyable to seem like work.”
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