Jeff Barnes

Chair

Jeff Barnes Jeff Barnes moved to Wilmington in August, 2015, after a career that allowed him to live and work in 8 US states and 3 foreign countries-Budapest, Hungary; Shanghai, China and Abu Dhabi, U.A. E.

Jeff grew up in Parkersburg, WV, and received his BA in sociology and his MS in counseling from West Virginia University. He worked for 8 years at Parkersburg Community College as the Director of Counseling and Dean of Students. Jeff joined industry in 1984, first with Borg-Warner Chemicals, which was subsequently purchased by GE. He retired from GE in late 2013 after a 30-year career that included progressively responsible HR and corporate university roles. His final role was Dean of the famed GE Crotonville Campus. Jeff currently has a part-time consulting practice.

He and his wife, Karen, have two grown sons, Justin, an attorney with the US government, and Bryan, a boat captain on the island of St. John. 

Jeff and his wife Karen are strong supporters of WHQR who feel that it is the best source for local, national and international news filled with factual information that allows the listener to come to their own conclusions.  WHQR is the best place for civil discourse to begin.