Hendrix College in Conway announced Wednesday that an endowment has been established in honor of politics professor emeritus Dr. Jay Barth.
The Dr. Jay Barth Odyssey Endowment will support student engaged learning experiences that highlight the values of public service and community, helping students live the values of public service and community. Barth is a 1987 graduate of Hendrix.
Barth, who joined the Department of Politics at Hendrix in 1994 after completing his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, retired in 2020 as the M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Professor of Politics. He currently serves as the inaugural chief education officer for Little Rock, coordinating the city’s work to support education from birth through higher education.
Hendrix received gifts from 127 donors to create the endowment.
Barth has received several awards and achievements, including the 2007 Arkansas Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, the 2014 Southern Political Science Association’s Diane Blair Award for Outstanding Achievement in Politics and Government and the 2018 Distinguished Scholar Award from the Arkansas Political Science Association.
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