2016 Administrative/Professional Support Award of Excellence
Department: CAES Business Office
How does the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences keep track of a $225 million budget with hundreds of dedicated spending accounts? The college keeps its finances straight through the help of hawk-eyed number crunchers like Lindsey Barner.
As a senior budget analyst for CAES Business Office, Barner’s chief responsibility is to track the college’s spending and provide regular financial updates to CAES’s associate deans for Extension, academics and research so that they can make financial decisions efficiently.
“Lindsey provides sound guidance in the management of our numerous accounts to help us maximize the productivity of our operations while adhering to the regulations that govern our numerous fund accounts,” said CAES Associate Dean for Research Robert Shulstad.
Since coming to the CAES Business Office in 2008, she has become an indispensable resource to her colleagues and to the college’s administration. Over the last three years, she has been integral to the establishment of the Budget Execution Support Team, responsible for streamlining the budget oversight and reporting process.
While her attention to detail and organizational skills enable her to deftly manage her financial responsibilities, her willingness to take time to help others understand the sometimes dense world of higher education finance is what sets her apart.
“She has an outgoing personality and has a proactive desire to help, and makes a positive impact in everything she undertakes. Most of all, Lindsey is a person of integrity, who can be counted on and trusted,” said William Cheesborough, director of finance and administration for CAES.
Barner lives in Oglethorpe County, Georgia, with her husband, Scott, and four children. She enjoys spending time with her family, especially playing softball and racing go-karts.