Barbara A. Farley, the 14th President of Illinois College, has dedicated her career to building strong academic institutions that inspire students to lead lives of meaning and service. Farley began serving as president in June of 2013 and was inaugurated on September 21 of the same year.
Before coming to Illinois College in June of 2013, Farley was vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minn. She has served higher education for over 25 years in a range of liberal arts colleges and universities.
A native of South Bend, Ind., she grew up in both Chicago and Minneapolis. Farley graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in St. Joseph, Minn., with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and a minor in French. She received her M.B.A and Ph.D. in business administration (with concentrations in organizational leadership and strategic management) from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. In 2007 she participated in the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She then completed the Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program through the Council for Independent Colleges in 2012-2013.
Farley’s scholarly interests are in organizational leadership and practice. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the role of the chief executive officer as the catalyst for strategic alignment. Her personal interests include the study of French language and culture, golf, classical music and contemporary dance. Farley is drawn to the work of not‐for-profit organizations that promote positive experiences for children and teenagers.