2011 Award – Cindy Barnard ’85
Cindy Barnard ’85 was the recipient of the Princeton Club of Orange County’s fifth annual “In The Nation’s Service” award, presented at the club’s annual dinner on November 2, 2011 at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club.
Cindy’s service to Princeton is evident through her commitment to the Princeton Club of Orange County’s Alumni Schools Committee, for which she has volunteered since 1985. From 1993 through 2007, she served as the committee chair, arranging for thousands of Orange County high school students the opportunity to interview with Princeton alumni. For the last several years, she has served as the PCOC’s Treasurer.
Cindy has also given back to the community by serving as Treasurer for a number of organizations, including the Newport Harbor High School PTA Board, Girls Soccer Boosters and Wolfpack Soccer Club. She was a Board Member of the school’s Educational Foundation, and also serves as an AYSO Soccer referee.
This year’s dinner was attended by more than 50 Princetonians and guests. The PCOC was delighted to welcome Dean David Dobkin, Dean of Faculty at Princeton, and hear his description of the position and the fascinating stories that come with the role. He accurately asserted that most students never know the name, face, or role of the Dean of the Faculty. However, the group came to understand well how the Dean’s actions and judgments profoundly affect the student experience at Princeton. As both Dean and Phillip Y. Goldman ’86 Professor of Computer Science, Dobkin keeps a foot in both the faculty and the administration camps. The program was most fascinating in its description, often humorously so, of the inner workings of academia that mere outsiders seldom witness.