Dr. Barrett is chairman and president of BASIS Schools, Inc., and an operator of charter schools in Arizona, Texas, and Washington, DC.  He is a leading advocate for improving education in the United States and has been involved in the creation or leadership of numerous organizations working in this field.  Dr. Barrett retired as chairman of Intel Corporation in May 2009.  He joined the company in 1974 as a technology development manager.  In 1992, he was elected to Intel’s board of directors and was named chief operating officer in 1993.  Dr. Barrett became Intel’s fourth president in May 1997 and chief executive officer in 1998.  He was named chairman of the board in May 2005.

Dr. Barrett earned a BS, MS, and PhD, all in materials science, from Stanford University between 1957 and 1964.  After graduation, he joined the Stanford University Department of Materials Science and Engineering, and remained there until 1974, rising to the rank of associate professor.  Dr. Barrett was a NATO Postdoctoral Fellow at the National Physical Laboratory in the United Kingdom from 1964 to 1965 and was a Fulbright Fellow to the Technical University of Denmark in 1972.  He is the author of over forty technical papers dealing with the influence of microstructure on the properties of materials and wrote a textbook on materials science, The Principles of Engineering Materials (1973).

Dr. Barrett chairs Change the Equation, a national science, technology, engineering, and math [STEM] initiative; STAND for Children Arizona, and the National Forest Foundation.  He is vice chair of Science Foundation Arizona and co-chairs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Advisory Board. He is a board member of Achieve, Inc., an education reform organization working to raise academic standards and graduation requirements; K12 Inc.; and Society for Science and the Public. He served until 2009 as chairman of the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development, which works to bring computers and other technology to developing parts of the world.

Dr. Barrett and his wife, Ambassador Barbara McConnell Barrett, are residents of Paradise Valley, Arizona.