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The Last Signature: Dr. Barbara Inman

Dr. Barbara Inman

Dr. Barbara Inman

Dr. Barbara Inman has been named the interim vice president of student affairs for Hampton University, otherwise known as “The Last Signature”.

“I’m the last signature on most of the requests,” she said. “I have to sign off on just about every activity.”

Inman, an HU alumna, began working at HU in 1997. “My first job was in the financial aid office, and that’s where I fell in love with college students, and trying to help them grow, and mature and make good decisions,” she said.

She left briefly to work at Delaware State University, but returned to her “Home by the Sea” in 2004. As head of student affairs, Inman currently oversees and maintains the integrity of 13 different departments ranging from the Pre-College program tothe Career Center. “We do everything non-academic,” she said.

Inman recently took time to answer the Student Connection’s questions about her experience with her alma mater.

Q. Why did you choose to attend HU?

A. I had it narrowed down to Hampton and Spelman. My mom is a Spelman graduate. I visited it, and liked it but it was too far away from home. So I said I was going to come to Hampton, and it was oneof the best decisions I have made in my life.

Q. What did you major in?

A. Psychology

Q. What dorms did you live in?

A. Davidson and McGrew

Q. What was your favorite meal in the cafeteria?

A. Roast beef and mashed potatoes on Sunday! And the waffles, but we only had one waffle iron.

Q. What extracurricular activities were you involved in?

A. I was part of the Virginia Pre-Alumni and the Women’s Caucus. I was a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.; I pledged my sophomore year. I worked in the President’s Office as a student worker, all four years.

Q. What would you like to see happen at HU this year?

A. I would like to see students more engaged in the extracurricular activities that the university has to offer. I would love to see enhanced school spirit, and I think we started that last year with the body painting and sending four bus loads of students to the New York game. I think that is my wish. I just recall during my undergraduate years, a lot more students at the football games and basketball games, so I would love to see that.

Dr. Inman has an open-door policy on Thursdays from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

-Krystan Hitchcock