American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)


Carolyn Barnhart Named President of the

American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences


Alexandria, Va. – June 15, 2015—Carolyn Barnhart, EdD, CFCS, professor emeritus and adjunct instructor, University of Wisconsin (UW) – Stout, will be sworn in as president of the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) at the AAFCS 106th Annual Conference & Expo in Jacksonville, Florida, during the Pacesetter Luncheon. 
A long-time and active member of AAFCS, Barnhart is currently serving on the AAFCS board of directors as president-elect and has held many other national and state leadership roles.  Most recently, she has been serving as a co-leader for the Community of Building Leadership Capacity in AAFCS and is planning the Leadership Academy.  She is also vice president of recognition and awards for the Wisconsin Affiliate of AAFCS. In addition to her roles within AAFCS, she is a director and state evaluator for the Wisconsin Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) Foundation, Inc. and advisory board member for the National Institute of Child Nutrition.

An employee of UW-Stout for more than 30 years, Barnhart has worked in different capacities at the university. Her previous positions are department chair, Food & Nutrition Department; program director, Food Systems & Technology; and administrative officer, College of Human Development. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field, Barnhart has received numerous awards, including the AAFCS Leaders Award and University Women’s Leadership Award.

Carolyn Barnhart earned her Doctorate in Education and Master of Arts in Educational Administration/Higher Education from the University of Minnesota. She and her husband Larry are both UW-Stout alumni (she earned Bachelor’s in home economics education), and they reside in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Their four children and their spouses and four grandchildren keep them busy in their free time

About the American Association of Family & Consumer Sciences (AAFCS)
Based in the Washington, D.C., area, AAFCS is the only association for family and consumer sciences students and professionals across multiple practice settings and content areas. For more than 100 years, AAFCS has focused its mission on providing leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families, and communities in making more informed decisions about their well-being, relationships, and resources to achieve optimal quality of life. AAFCS members provide research-based knowledge about the topics of everyday life to help create healthy and sustainable families. These topics include human development, personal and family finance, housing and interior design, food science, nutrition and wellness, textiles and apparel, and consumer issues. AAFCS members are located nationwide, and include educators, administrators and managers, human service and business professionals, researchers, community volunteers, and consultants who develop research-based information and deliver programs on essential skills to help individuals and families be better prepared to live, work, and succeed in today’s complex and diverse world.

Field of Family & Consumer Sciences
Family and consumer sciences (FCS) draws from broad and diverse disciplines to develop and provide content and programs that help individuals become more effective critical thinkers and problem solvers.  Through discovery and delivery of research-based knowledge, FCS professionals help individuals and families develop essential skills to successfully live and work in a complex world. Professionals in the field are uniquely qualified to speak on many critical issues affecting individuals and families, such as maintaining a healthy lifestyle, wisely managing personal and family finances, and creating supportive relationships with family members, friends, and co-workers.  They are located nationwide in a variety of practice settings, including secondary schools, universities, government agencies, and businesses.

For more information, please contact:
Gwynn Mason
Director of Communications, AAFCS

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