Barfield has worked at the college since 1988, starting as Switchboard Operator. She currently serves as a Staff Assistant in the college’s Institutional Development and Planning Office.
Barfield’s supervisor Gail Hartzog says, "I nominated Pat for this year’s award because of the outstanding results of our Title III project and the SACS Reaffirmation Review. Now that we know of the results of both of these crucial projects, I feel confident in saying that no career employee did more for Chipola during the last year. Pat has become one of Chipola’s most valuable employees because of her capacity and willingness to work for the good of all. She takes pride in her work and seeks always to present the college at its best. While there are many deserving people at Chipola, no one is more deserving than Pat Barfield this year."
Pat has served Chipola in several capacities, including preparation of successful grant projects and accreditation documents, hosting visiting committees, serving as an officer in several campus organizations, including a term as president of Chipola’s chapter of Florida Association of Community Colleges. She is a member of Chipola’s Career Employees Association and serves as secretary to the Chipola Governance Council.
Barfield has four children, four step-children, 10 grandchildren, eight step-grandchildren, and four step-great-grandchildren. The family is active in Rocky Creek Baptist Church, where she has served as Church Clerk for several years.
The Employee of the Year recognizes the exceptional work of Chipola’s career service employees. Candidates are nominated by fellow employees for exhibiting courtesy, motivation and professionalism. Annual winners receive a $1,000 bonus, reserved parking for a year, a one-year membership in FACC, and a $100 gift certificate from the college Book Store.