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Provost Peter Barr announces departure from Coastal

March 17, 2006

Peter B. Barr will step down as provost and senior vice president of Coastal Carolina University, effective June 30, to take a new position as president of Glenville State College in Glenville, W.Va. Its always regretful to say goodbye to a wonderful place and the great friends we have made here, said Barr, But its time for new challenges and an opportunity too good to pass up. We look forward to going home to West Virginia. Barr joined the Coastal faculty in 1987. He served as dean of Coastals E. Craig Wall Sr. College of Business Administration from July 1992 to October 2000. During his tenure as dean, the Wall College of Business earned national accreditation and developed many innovative programs, including the Resort Tourism Management program, the PGA-endorsed Professional Golf Management program, and the Wall Fellows program, an intensive leadership training initiative for top business students. Barr has been instrumental in establishing a mentoring program with Horry County Schools in which Coastal Carolina students mentor fourth- through 10th-grade students identified as at-risk. The emphasis on public engagement coupled with academic learning encourages students to forge meaningful community connections while gaining first-hand exposure to social and economic issues. Barr also has a considerable record of volunteer community service throughout the Horry County-Grand Strand area. He was recently named Volunteer of the Year for the City of Myrtle Beach. Barr earned a bachelors degree and a masters degree in business administration from Marshall University and a doctoral degree in business administration from Louisiana Tech University.