Barbara Canyes Transitions to National Campus Compact

July 2, 2018

Campus Compact is pleased to announce that Barbara Canyes will serve as the new Special Assistant to the Vice President for Network Leadership beginning on July 25th.  The Campus Compact network includes a national office in Boston and over 25 state and regional Compacts throughout the country who support over 1,000 member campuses.   In this capacity, Barbara will bring her many years of experience with Campus Compact to support multiple initiatives designed to link and strengthen our national network.  Marisol Morales, Campus Compact’s Vice President for Network Leadership states, “I am both excited for the help and by experience that Barbara will be bringing to this new position.”  

Barbara Canyes has been a leader in the field of civic and community engagement for the past 25 years. In 2000, she became Executive Director of Massachusetts Campus Compact (MACC). During her 18 year tenure, MACC:

  • increased membership from 50 to nearly 70 Massachusetts-based college and university presidents committed to integrating civic engagement into academic and student life.  
  • partnered with Tufts University to launch and manage the College Advising Corps funded by the Jack Cooke Kent Foundation.
  • Launched the AmeriCorps Educational Scholarship Awards and the Student Leaders in Service program.
  • Leveraged Learn & Serve Grants to help many Massachusetts institutions establish service-learning and civic engagement centers on campuses
  • Supported the growth of the MACC AmeriCorps VISTA program which placed VISTA members for a year of volunteer service to build the capacity of campus community engagement programs and partnerships serving low-income communities in Massachusetts.

As Chief Membership Officer for Campus Compact for Southern New England (CCSNE), Barbara consulted with two-year and four-year higher education institutions across the southern New England region on institutional planning, faculty development, community-university partnerships, and student civic development.

A recognized expert in policies and practices that advance education for the public good, Barbara has spoken at state, regional, and international conferences. She has also served in numerous advisory positions, including being appointed as a Commissioner to the Massachusetts State Service Alliance for 2002–2017 and to the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education’s Committee on Civic Education and Engagement in 2012–2014. She received her undergraduate degree from American University and her master’s in Higher Education from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Please join us in congratulating Barbara on this new role within the Compact, and thanking her for her contributions to MACC and CCSNE over the past 18 years.