Portrait of Nina Barnes

Nina M. Barnes, M.A., SPHR

Vice President for Student Life and Human Resources
Adjunct Instructor

Contact Information

Billy Graham Community Life Commons, G108
3003 Snelling Ave North
St. Paul, MN 55113


Nina Barnes, the Vice President for Student Life and Human Resources, began serving at the University of Northwestern- St. Paul in December 2000. Nina has a wide-ranging vocational background, having worked within a variety of industries and organizational settings.

As a certified spiritual director, Nina considers it an honor and a sacred trust to help people navigate life while discovering purpose and meaning; work through challenges; develop as leaders; and experience transformation on the journey. Her work within Student Life and Human Resources allows direct participation in advancing Northwestern’s mission to equip students and radio listeners to grow spiritually, deepen in wisdom, and to live a God-honoring life.

Nina holds a Master of Arts degree in Spiritual Formation and Leadership, along with numerous certifications including – Human Resources Management, Conflict Coaching & Mediation, and Christian Spiritual Direction.

Outside of Northwestern, Nina has a private spiritual direction and coaching practice, in addition to serving as a speaker for conferences and retreats. Nina has extensive board experience and currently serves on the board of directors for Transform Minnesota. However, her most cherished roles are mother to an adult son and “daughter-in-love”, along with her newest title of “Gramma Nina” to her sweet granddaughter.

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