Thomas Barnett

Title: Director, International Office

Duties: Running the International Office, which offers assistance to the 800 to 1,000 international scholars that TSRI hosts each year and the principal investigators they work with.

Started at TSRI: January 14, 2002.

Background: Assistant director, Human Resources at the University of San Diego; director, Human Resources, Yavapai College District (Arizona); director, Human Resources, Rice County, cities of Faribault and Northfield (Minnesota); chief labor negotiator for law enforcement union (Minnesota); and union representative with Northwest Airlines. His education includes a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law, a bachelor's degree from the University of San Diego, and training for the Catholic priesthood.

What He Likes about the Job at TSRI So Far: The opportunity to focus his attention on one specialty, the collegial nature of TSRI staff and the beauty of TSRI's location.

Plans for the International Office: Building on the strengths of the International Office including the relationship with TSRI's counterparts at other institutions. He also plans to develop a web site that will "disseminate information to international scholars 24/7."

Philosophy on Navigating Post-September 11 Immigration Policy: "It's like taking a flight. You have to go early and expect delays."

Extracurricular: Playing piano, watching hockey and soccer, and travel.




According to Thomas Barnett, director of TSRI's International Office, navigating immigration policy after September 11 is like flying. "You have to go early and expect delays," he says. Photo by Biomedical Graphics.