George L. Barber was elected to the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors in 1974 to represent the Fourth Supervisorial District. He performed his duties well. He was re-elected to the Board five times and selected by his fellow Supervisors to serve as Chairman of the Board in 1979, 1984, 1987, 1991, 1995, and 1998.
The College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies is proud to claim Supervisor Barber as an alumnus. He graduated from Sacramento State College in 1957 with a degree in Social Science and did post-graduate work in 1958. In 1991, he was presented with Sac State's Distinguished Service Award and in 1999 received the Program in Social Science's Alumni Honors Award.
Supervisor Barber owns and operates a ranch on the Mokelumne River that has been in the hands of the Barber family for over 125 years. He was chosen Delta Jaycees Outstanding Young Farmer for 1967-68. He has been an active Scout Leader and, in 1969, received one of scouting's most coveted awards, the Silver Beaver Award.
In addition to service in the Military Intelligence section of the United States Army, George Barber's record of service for the public good is long and distinguished. He was a trustee and Board Chairman of the New Hope School District for twelve years, is past President of the San Joaquin County School Board Association, and served on the Board of Trustees of San Joaquin Delta College from 1967 to 1975. He was President of the Delta College Board of Trustees for 1972-73.
Supervisor Barber is a charter member and past President of the San Joaquin County's Economic Development Association, has served as President of the Thornton Chamber of Commerce for 22 years, and is past President of the San Joaquin County Chamber of Commerce. His focus on water-related issues has resulted in such service as Chairman of San Joaquin County's Water Conservation Task Force, President of the San Joaquin Water Users Association, Chairman of the Friends of New Melones Dam, and Chairman of the Metropolitan Water Study Committee.
In the area of public health, Supervisor Barber served as the San Joaquin County Board of Supervisors' representative on the Local Health District Liaison Committee. He is also past Chairman of the Lodi Community Hospital Board of Directors, Chairman of the Solid Waste Technical Advisory Committee, and Board appointee to the Hospital Joint Conference Executive Committee.
As a member of the California State Association of Counties (CSAC), George Barber has been active on the Transportation and the Natural Resources Committees. He has served as a member of CSAC's Executive Committee, as Chairman of the Governmental Affairs Committee, and as President of CSAC's San Joaquin Valley Regional Association. Once Chairman of the Board of the statewide Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCo), Supervisor Barber has served since 1976 as a local LAFCo Commissioner.
In sum, George L. Barber, through his distinguished career as a public servant, has demonstrated the value of a Sac State social science education and has set the standard to which all alumni might aspire.
"I'm happy to see that the emphasis of today's working world is upon encouraging prospective employees to complete academic training. Receiving an education at a University like CSUS is a vital key to one's success in the workforce. CSUS can provide the foundation for a promising future, as it did for me."