Jay Barth Appointed Director of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum
Press Release · Wednesday, March 9, 2022

Washington, DC

The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) announced the appointment of Jay Barth as the Director of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, effective March 13, 2022.

In his role as director, he will coordinate all the efforts of the Clinton Library with NARA so that the library and the agency meet their mission and strategic goals in an efficient and effective manner.

“I am pleased that Dr. Jay Barth will serve as the director of the Clinton Presidential Library. He brings with him a commitment to promoting civic engagement, one of the guiding principles of the Clinton Foundation,” said President Bill Clinton. “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 brings to this position nearly three decades of experience teaching and researching various aspects of American politics, along with work enhancing civic engagement programming in higher education settings. He began his career as a member of the Department of Politics at Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. In addition to his 26 years as a faculty member at Hendrix, Barth was a member of the inaugural faculty for the University of Arkansas’s Clinton School of Public Service and has taught at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law.

Since taking emeritus status at Hendrix in late 2019, Barth has been the Chief Education Officer for the City of Little Rock, where he has coordinated the city’s work to support education from birth through higher education. From 2012 to 2019, Barth was a member of the Arkansas State Board of Education, chairing that body for two years.

Barth received a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Hendrix College and a master’s degree and a doctorate in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

David S. Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, said of the appointment, “Dr. Barth's many years of leadership in the higher education community as well as his state and local contributions will greatly benefit both the Clinton Presidential Library and Museum and the National Archives as we continue to advance NARA's civic education goals.”

The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum, located in Little Rock, Arkansas, is one of 15 Presidential Libraries in the Presidential Library system administered by the National Archives. Presidential Libraries promote understanding of the Presidency and the American experience. They preserve and provide access to historical materials, support research, and create interactive programs and exhibits that educate and inspire. The William J. Clinton Presidential Library and Museum is supported in part by the Clinton Foundation, a 501(c)(3), nonprofit organization that provides financial support, staffing, marketing, program and creative resources. 


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