Barbara Bartels

SCHOOL OF Education

Barbara Bartels

Assistant Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives

Dr. Barbara Bartels is the assistant vice chancellor of strategic initiatives at Brandman University.  She began working at Brandman University in 2009.  Dr. Bartel’s primary role is to generate enrollment growth strategies at Brandman’s 27 campuses, particularly within the School of Education.  

Dr. Bartels received her Bachelor's Degree from Illinois State University in Special Education, her Master’s Degree from St. Mary’s College of California, and her Ed.D. from Brandman University.  Her areas of study and research include education, business, and organizational leadership.

Her professional career has included extensive entrepreneurial work in both education and business arenas.  She has a passion for organizational leadership, change management, inspirational speaking, and motivational theory in the workplace.  Her dissertation focused on meaning-centered leadership and how exemplary leaders create meaning for themselves and others, thereby increasing productivity and employee engagement.

Dr. Bartels has presented nationally, including at the annual conferences of Association of California Community Colleges, Association of California School Administrators, and Noel Levitz.  She has been a Dissertation Committee member and coach and enjoys helping other students achieve meaning in their work and studies.  Dr. Bartels recently presented a mock dissertation to over 300 doctoral students, faculty, staff, and guests. 


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