Presidential Retirement Celebration

Presidential Retirement Celebration
Date Friday, September 11, 2020
6 - 9 p.m.
Location Quincy Hall
Quincy Hall
Instructions for GuestsGet directions:
1325 Quincy St NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413
Cost$50 per person
RegistrationRegistration is now closed. Please contact Conference and Event Services at or 651.638.6090.  

Event Description

President Jay and Barb Barnes have faithfully served Bethel University for 25 years. Jay began his work at Bethel as executive vice president and provost of the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Adult & Professional Studies, and Graduate School, serving in that role for 13 years before becoming Bethel’s fifth president in 2008.

Under Jay’s leadership, Bethel has become more diverse, adding both the BUILD program for students with intellectual disabilities and the Act Six program for young leaders from urban communities. He has also overseen significant facility upgrades campus-wide, including the addition of the Anderson Center campus and new sciences space.

Barb’s love for college students is reflected in her service as a Bethel employee for eight years before Jay became president. Together, Jay and Barb have sacrificially invested in Bethel students, leading prayer groups, facilitating marriage retreats, and mentoring engaged couples. Jay retires in June, and you’re invited to join us for an evening of celebration to honor Jay and Barb for their committed service to the Bethel University community. In keeping with the Barnes’ flair for the casual, they request business casual dress for this event. Please leave your tux or floor-length gown at home.

Schedule of Events

6 p.m. Reception (optional)
Guests will have time to personally visit with Jay and Barb while enjoying light appetizers and beverages.

6:45 p.m. Dinner
Guests will enjoy a sit-down dinner together, with menu selections of their own choosing.

7:30 p.m. Program
Guests will hear from speakers presenting highlights of Jay's Bethel career as both provost and president, including his commitment to student development and his larger leadership in Christian higher education. The Barnes' children will present a tribute, and Jay and Barb will address the gathering as well.


Refunds will not be offered after Tuesday, September 1, 2020.


Contact Conference and Event Services at or 651.638.6090.