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Former U.S. Rep Barr joins ILS board

By Rachel Shirey

rshirey@news-daily.com

MORROW — Former U.S. Rep. Bob Barr has joined the Board of Directors at the Interactive College of Technology.

Barr was a key player in the impeachment of President Clinton in 1998, and was the Libertarian Party’s candidate for president in 2008.

“Not only do we feel fortunate about it, but it stems directly from an affiliation that Mr. Barr has with our president, Elmer Smith,” said Jim Harris, vice president of campus operations. “They were in the same fraternity and both share positions on the national fraternity board. So they have been acquainted for a number of years.”

The Interactive College of Technology is an accredited institution that offers both associate degrees and diploma programs for high-demand careers.

As of late, the school has had difficulty with student enrollment numbers, but Harris said he hopes having Barr on the board will help boost the college’s growth.

“To have someone like that on the board certainly speaks well to that, and may very well be something that causes a prospective student to give a second look,” Harris said.

“I think you will definitely have an impact on how some people might view the institution,” he later added.

Barr represented Georgia in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1995 until 2003 and now practices law in Atlanta. He is currently chairman of Liberty Guard, Inc. a non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to protecting individual liberty.

Barr is a registered mediator and arbitrator, and teaches constitutional law at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School and constitutional policy at Kennesaw State University.

“To my knowledge he has not participated on any other board in the education community prior to this, so this would be a first for him, although he’s recognized for his active role with a lot of different companies and organizations,” Harris said.

However, Harris said it seems as if he’s a natural fit and will bring a fresh perspective to the board.

“It was as though he’d been with us forever,” he said. “He just fit in so naturally (and) ... really validated everyone’s feelings of excitement that he was going to be joining our board of directors.”

Barr could not be reached for comment Tuesday.