Alfred Barr being recognized at Potomac State

Alfred L. Barr, Ph.D., retired associate director of the West Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station at West Virginia University (WVU), will be presented with the Alumni Achievement Award during the annual homecoming awards banquet at Potomac State College of WVU on October 25.

Al BarrWhile attending Potomac State, Dr. Barr served as the Farm News Editor for the Pasquino, the College newspaper. After earning an associate degree in agriculture from Potomac State in 1953, Dr. Barr continued his education at WVU earning a bachelor’s degree, also in agriculture. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Kentucky and his doctorate from Oklahoma State University, both in agricultural economics as well.

Prior to beginning his career at WVU, Dr. Barr worked for the U. S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service in Washington, D.C.

At the time of his retirement in 1997, Dr. Barr was serving as the associate director of the West Virginia Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, where he was responsible for directing the establishment of research priorities; locating, securing and allocating funds; as well as the development of manuals and procedures.

In addition to serving as a faculty member for 36 years, Dr. Barr also served as an administrator in the College of Agriculture and Forestry, as well as the first director of the Division of Animal and Veterinary Sciences which included a dairy processing plant, a meat processing plant, three on-campus and three off-campus farms, and a bull performance testing station.

It should be noted that during his tenure as director, the graduate and research programs in Ruminant Nutrition and Reproductive Physiology were recognized as being among the best in the nation, with student enrollment soaring to an all-time high.      

Additionally, Dr. Barr and his faculty were responsible for securing funding for a bull performance testing facility in Wardensville, W.Va. and for new dairy facilities and a large animal research facility in Morgantown, W.Va.

Moreover, Dr. Barr co-authored a proposal for testing agricultural technology transfer in West Virginia; thereby, securing a million dollar grant which was funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.

Professional honors and awards include “Outstanding Teacher of the Year” for 1968 and “Outstanding Alumnus” in 1983 with WVU’s College of Agriculture & Forestry.   He was also inducted into the “West Virginia Agriculture & Forestry Hall of Fame” in 2001.

Dr. Barr is a member of American Men and Women of Science and a life member of the West Virginia Poultry Association. He obtained Professor Emeritus status at WVU and is listed in Who’s Who in America. Additionally, he has served on numerous committees, councils and boards of directors.

Reservations for the awards banquet are required and must be made by October 17 by contacting Libby Kalbaugh at (304) 788-6870 or 800-262-7332 or at The event will be held in the Davis Conference Center with social hour beginning at 5:30 and dinner at 6 p.m. The cost for the dinner is $20 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under.