A coveted staff member of the Indiana State Teachers Association for nearly 40 years, Robert G. Barcus first became affiliated with the association in 1965 and has since served in myriad positions. During the course of his career, he excelled in his roles of salary consultant, assistant director of research, director of special services, executive assistant, administrative assistant, assistant executive director of special services and teachers’ rights, assistant executive director of administration, personnel and governance, assistant executive director of labor relations and administration, and associate executive director of labor relations and administration. He retired in 2003.
Prior to joining the Indiana State Teachers Association, Mr. Barcus was employed as a teacher and coach at Wabash Junior High School in Indiana from 1959 to 1963. He then became a teacher and coach at Wabash High School and North Central High School between 1963 and 1965. Civically involved as well, he previously served as a chairman, financial secretary and clerk of the Church of the Brethren in Indianapolis, as well as trustee of Manchester University. Likewise, he is the current president of both the Indiana State Library and Historical Board and the Indiana State Library Foundation.
Mr. Barcus draws upon the formative influence of his own first-grade teacher, whose teachings have since been reborn in Mr. Barcus’ scholastic endeavors. His expertise and merit in the classroom is exemplified by his students’ behavior. He notes the highlights of his career have always been witnessing his students’ eyes brighten during his lessons because he then knows that they fully understand his teachings.
In light of his exceptional undertakings, Mr. Barcus has accrued several accolades and honors. The recipient of a Benefit Pioneer Award from the National Education Association in 1991, he also earned the Sagamore of the Wabash Award from the State of Indiana, the highest honor given by the state, in 2002. In 2019, he was selected for inclusion in the 72nd edition of Who’s Who in America.
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