Don Barnett retires after 39 years of service




Don Ussery

Barnett’s colleagues hosted a reception for his retirement on February 28, 2022.

After working at the U of A for 39 years, IT Services Systems Specialist Don Barnett retired on February 28, 2022.

Barnett has been involved in nearly every information system deployment, including mainframe maintenance and retirement. Through his work, he has supported students with systems like SAFARI and OASIS, as well as business and financial administration with MSA, BASIS and many other applications.

Since the start of his campus career, Barnett has been under the guidance of six CIOs/CIOs of Computing Services, formerly Computing Services.

“I would especially like to thank the teams I was part of at the university and everyone I worked with both in IT and in the university community,” Barnett said.

“During his service at the university, Barnett’s contributions have advanced the institution in many key areas, most recently in support of human resources and financial services administrative applications,” said Don Ussery, Associate CIO. “Barnett’s expertise will be missed by the organization and those who had the privilege of working with him.”

“Don worked many nights and weekends behind the scenes to keep the affairs of the university running, and he always offered his help with joy and generosity,” said Paul Bixby, Workday’s finance coordinator. “He was always there, making sure the mainframe and BASIS had 99% uptime, which is very hard to achieve. He served this campus well and faithfully, and he earned every minute of his retirement life!

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