Barbara Mink

Barbara Mink

Clinical Professor and Acting Coordinator, Community College doctoral concentration

Community College concentration, Program in Higher Education Leadership


Office & Hours

Office: SZB 348J
Monday: 2 to 4 PM
Tuesday: 1 to 4 PM
And by appointment by calling 512-471-4384.

+1 512-471-4384

Courses of Instruction
EDA 391K Community Colleges
EDA 383 Community College Programs
EDA 382 Organization Design and Behavior
EDA 395 Higher Education, Futures and Issues
EDA 391K Instructional Leadership
EDA 391R Organization and Administration of Higher Education

Mailing Address
1912 Speedway D5400
Austin, TX 78712-1604
UT Mail Code: D5400


Dr. Barbara Mink  was named as the Director of the Community College Leadership Program (CCLP) concentration at The University of Texas in the fall of 2012. Dr. Mink has a 45 year history of teaching and holding administrative positions in higher educational institutions and in community colleges. Her undergraduate degree in mathematics and geology, her masters in mathematics and her doctorate in Higher Educational Administration are from Duke University.

Dr. Mink was publicly elected to the Board of Trustees of the Austin Community College District in 2000. She has served as: Chair of the Board, 2004-2006 and 2010-2012; and Vice-Chair, 2002-2004. She has also served on the Board of Directors of the ACC Foundation (2002-2004). She was recently on the November 2012 ballot and was re-elected to a third 6-year term on the ACC Board of Trustees. Dr. Mink is only the second ACC board member in the 40 year history of the college to have served two separate terms as Chair of the Board.

Barbara’s other higher educational work has been as a doctoral professor and Dean of the School of Human and Organization Development at the Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA. Her doctoral teaching is in organizational change, systems, leadership, adult learning, and community college programs and leadership. She has chaired over 50 doctoral dissertations. Barbara has also served a term on the Board of Trustees of the Fielding Graduate University where she was a member of the Board Executive Committee and was Chair, Board Committee on Diversity and Social Justice.

Dr. Mink also has extensive organizational consulting experience with over forty years of consulting with executives in the area of design and implementation of organizational change. She has worked nationally and internationally (Western Europe, Australia, Central and South America) with clients in the fields of manufacturing, health care, education, government, communications technology, and financial services. Her work with organizations in all major cities in Australia lead to the establishment of a graduate program in quality improvement and organizational change at the Royal Melbourne Institute, Melbourne, Australia.

Dr. Mink's honors include being elected to Pi Mu Epsilon (mathematics honorary) and the Board of Directors of the Human Resource Planning Society. She has been listed in Outstanding Educators of America, Who's Who in American Women, and Who's Who in the South and Southwest. She has been: President of the Texas Association of Community College Trustees & Administrators; on the Board of Directors of the Organization Development Network; and on the Board of Directors of Envision Central Texas (a regional planning organization).

Barbara is the author or co-author of nine books and numerous articles and workbooks related to leadership and organizational change. She is a lifetime member of the Austin Area Urban League, a member of the Board of the Arc of the Capital Area, and a member of the Board of Free Minds.


Ed.D, Duke Universtity, Durham, North Carolina

Representative Publications

Groups at Work. Educational Technology Publications, l987. (With Oscar Mink and Keith Owen.)

 Developing High Performance People: The Art of Coaching. Addison-Wesley, 1993. (With Keith Owen and Oscar Mink.)

 Change at Work. Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1993. (With Pieter Esterhuysen, Oscar Mink, and Keith Owen)

 Open Organizations: A Model for Effectiveness, Renewal, and Intelligent Change. Jossey-Bass Publishers, 1994. (With Elizabeth Downes, Oscar Mink, and Keith Owen.)

 Mink, B, Husson, W.J., & Stiller, J (2007) Organizational Learning at an Institution in the Business of Learning: A Case Study. OD Practitioner,Vol.39, No.4 (27-32)

Recent Awards

  • Elected for three terms (through public election) to Board of Trustees, Austin Community College District, Austin, Texas -- Terms of office 2000-2006, 2006-2012, 2012-2018.
  • Leadership Texas 2008 (Selected to be one of the 100 women from across the state of Texas to study the educational issues and the changing economy of Texas)

Current Research Projects and Grants

Competencies of Community College Leaders

Research Interests and Expertise

Leadership; Organizational Development and Change; Adult Learning; Action Research and Participatory Action Research; Community College Programs, Structure and Governance

Boards, Committees and Associations

  • Austin Area Urban League (lifetime member)
  • The ARC of Central Texas (Board Member)
  •  Free Minds Project (Board Member)