Meet The Faculty
Mitch Barnes joined the Culver Academies faculty in 1992. He earned a bachelor's degree in communications (Radio & Television) at Bethany College in 1987, where he developed his skills in broadcasting, public speaking, history, and theatre. He earned a master's degree in liberal studies from Valparaiso University with an emphasis in multicultural education in 1998. He spent five years working in education as Director of the YMCA Black Achievers program in Columbus, Ohio and as Assistant Director of Admissions at Denison University before being appointed to the faculty at Culver.
Since coming to Culver, Mr. Barnes has served in several capacities: counselor, college advisor, and diversity coordinator. He joined the English and History Departments (now Humanities) in 1996, teaching Speech and Racism in American Society. In 2007 he began teaching American Studies. Mr. Barnes coached wrestling from 1992 to 1996.
In 1996 Mr. Barnes became the head coach of the speech team, which has won two Indiana High School Forensic Association state championships, one state runner-up, and earned four state champions, four state runners-up, and two national qualifiers.
His wife, Cory Barnes, is the Director of Academic Advising and together they have three children: Katie-CGA '09, Marin, and Hayes.