Dr. Barry Olson oversees University Housing, Living and Learning Initiatives, and the full suite of Business Administration units: Facilities Planning and Management, Finance, Human Resources, and DASA Tech Services for the division. He earned his bachelor’s degree in speech communication from the University of Wisconsin River Falls in 1994. He earned his Master of Education from Grand Valley State University in 1997. He earned his Doctor of Education degree from North Carolina State University in 2010, focusing on higher education administration. His research interests include racial identity and its incorporation in the collegiate experience, student affairs administration, and facilities management.
He serves as an adjunct faculty member of the Educational Leadership, Policy, and Human Development (ELPHD) program, where he teaches courses in the administration of student affairs, as other elements of higher education. Recently, Dr. Olson has worked to develop a course in preparing student affairs practitioners in emergency preparation and crisis management.
He is active in professional organizations in higher education in the state of North Carolina, as well as regionally and nationally. He has served on the leadership team of the North Carolina Housing Officers organization, as well as been a national chair for the ACUHO-I/APPA Housing Facilities Conference. He has also served as a Faculty and Scholar-Practitioner in Residence for the Men and Masculinities Knowledge Community through NASPA. Finally, Barry has been a national volunteer for his fraternity, Alpha Sigma Phi, serving in many facilitation and leadership roles since 1998. He has been a student affairs professional practitioner for over 20 years.