Timothy Barnhart ’02 says he always believed in the power of student involvement and in giving back. A loyal Oswego volunteer, he is a seven-year member of the Oswego Alumni Association Board of Directors, a former member of the GOLD Leadership Council, active in the Alumni-In-Residence program and the Alumni Sharing Knowledge program and a speaker for several Oswego events.
Now, he has expanded his giving through the Timothy Barnhart ’02 Scholarship, to be awarded to a School of Business student who is active on campus.
Barnhart, who majored in communication studies and business administration and was a resident assistant, president of Student Association and a member of theater productions, says he was the recipient of others’ gifts during his undergraduate years.
Even though the scholarship bears Barnhart’s name, he says it honors his Oswego leadership mentors. “The generosity of other people inspired me to give,” Barnhart says. “Had I not had those opportunities, I don’t know that I would have the level of success that I’ve had.”
Barnhart, who lives in Baldwinsville, N.Y., with his wife and two children, is managing director of Northwestern Mutual in Syracuse. He has been with the company since he graduated, having completed an internship there his senior year.
“In the role I now have with Northwestern Mutual, I often reference Oswego and the leadership positions that I held,” he says. “Oswego’s influence remains with me in things that I do every day.”
Grateful for the support, mentors and enrichment opportunities he had at Oswego, Barnhart says he is pleased to be in a position to help current and future students develop leadership skills and achieve their career goals.
— Aimee Hirsch ’14