Jay Barth has been named director of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, the National Archives and Records Administration announced Wednesday.
Barth of Little Rock, who has nearly three decades of experience teaching and researching American politics, officially takes over Sunday. He succeeds Terri Garner, who has led the library since 2007. The library opened in 2004.
Former President Bill Clinton said in a statement that he's pleased with the hire.
"He brings with him a commitment to promoting civic engagement, one of the guiding principles of the Clinton Foundation," Clinton said. "I’m proud of what my Presidential Library has achieved during the first 18 years, and I know it is in good hands with Jay at the helm."
Barth spent 26 years as a faculty member at Hendrix College and was a member of the inaugural faculty for the University of Arkansas’s Clinton School of Public Service. He has also taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock's William H. Bowen School of Law.
From 2012 to 2019, Barth was a member of the Arkansas State Board of Education. He was chair of the board for two years.
Barth became chief education officer for the City of Little Rock in 2019. In that role, he coordinated the city’s work to support education from birth through higher education.
"We appreciate the remarkable foundation Dr. Barth has laid in his work as Chief Education Officer, particularly in developing and implementing our community schools model with the Little Rock School District," Mayor Frank Scott Jr. said in a statement.
Barth holds a bachelor’s in American studies from Hendrix College and a master’s and a doctorate in political science from the University of North Carolina.