Auburn University Center for Governmental Services names Barth a Senior Fellow

AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Auburn University’s Center for Governmental Services, a unit within University Outreach, has named James Barth Senior Fellow. The CGS Fellows program recognizes experienced practitioners, academicians and researchers for their significant contributions to excellence in government.

In announcing the award, Center for Governmental Services director Don-Terry Veal stressed the role and importance of the fellowship.

“CGS Fellows utilize their expertise to engage in research or funding opportunities that will enhance the quality of public policy for the State of Alabama,” said Veal. “Requirements for CGS Fellow status include experience, prominence and recognized contributions in public affairs.”

Barth is the Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn University and a Senior Fellow at the Milken Institute. His research focuses on financial institutions and capital markets, both domestic and global, with special emphasis on regulatory issues. Recently, he served as leader of an international team advising the People’s Bank of China on banking reform. Barth was an appointee of presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as chief economist of the Office of Thrift Supervision and previously the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.

Barth also participated in the U.S. Speaker and Specialist Program of the U.S. Department of State in China in 2007, India in 2008, Russia in 2009 and Egypt in 2010. Also in 2008, Barth spoke on “Competition in the Financial Sector: Challenges for Regulation” at the G-20 Workshop on Competition in the Financial Sector, Bali, Indonesia. He has been a visiting scholar at the U.S. Congressional Budget Office, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the World Bank.

More recently he participated as the luncheon keynote speaker for the Forum on Restoring the Global Economy, held by CGS at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in Atlanta.

Requirements for Fellow status include extensive experience, prominence and recognized contributions in public affairs. Additional factors considered include academic qualifications, reputation and contributions and achievements to public affairs nationally or internationally and demonstrated characteristics as a public affairs thinker, author and/or entrepreneur.

As a primary component of the Senior Fellow recognition, Barth will work with CGS to develop state-of-the-state concepts for the state of Alabama, and will focus research efforts within the state as well as for international initiatives.

Contact: Don-Terry Veal, Center for Governmental Services, (334) 844-4781 (, or
Mike Clardy, Office of Communications and Marketing, (334) 844-9999 (