Interim ombud uses past experience to organize office

James Barnes, a professor in the government and justice studies department, begins as the university's interim ombud. The university Ombuds Office  provides an independent and confidential environment for students, faculty and staff who need to discuss campus-related problems. Photo by Molly Cogburn  |  The Appalachian
James Barnes’ higher education experience started almost half a century ago.

In 1964, he began as a faculty member at Ohio University, and while his location has changed, Barnes has never left his chosen field.

His love for higher education took him to France and earned him time as a department chair and as a dean before coming to Appalachian State University seven years ago, he said.

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