Barbara Crickenberger Hall studied theatre and history at Mary Washington College, graduating in 1969, and then did graduate work at American and George Washington Universities. Barbara's career spans 43 years working in national and international nonprofit organizations and in the Federal Government. She served as the chief development officer at National Public Radio (NPR), The Phillips Collection, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Fast Company selected her as one of the Fast 50 in 2005 for her work as NPR’s Vice President for Development and Executive Director of the NPR Foundation which she helped establish. She also was an adjunct professor in the Arts Management Graduate Program at American University. UMW honored Barbara with a Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2006.