John V. Barger

John Barger served as the forty-ninth president of Student Government. Barger’s write-in presidential campaign called for improved residence hall conditions and greater student representation on committees. Prior to serving as student body president, Barger served as president of Owen Hall, the chairman of the Athletic Committee, and as a member of the Inter-Residence Council. John Barger graduated from NC State in 1970 with a degree in civil engineering.


Years at State

Student Body President, 1969-1970


President Barger did not support a campus-wide boycott of classes on May 6, 1970. Students proposed the boycott as a way to express displeasure with the United States’ presence in Vietnam. In a letter to Student Government dated May 4, 1970, Barger stated, ““Although I am deeply opposed to our presence in South East Asia, I cannot support a boycott which offers no constructive activities and which is primarily negative in scope. Positive action with educational ends should be our objective.” Barger proposed hosting a convocation instead which would allow the NC State community to participate in discussion.


Following graduation from NC State, Barger received a law degree from Vanderbilt University. Barger currently works at Sellex International Corp in Ohio and has maintained offices throughout the world, including Teheran, Baghdad, Jeddah, Cairo, Laos, Zurich, Montreal, Lisbon and London. Barger also “serves on the Board of a number of international organizations. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Business Information Network of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.”


Technician (25 April 1969, 2 December 1969)

Letter from John (Jack) Barger, North Carolina State University, Student and Other Organizations, Student Government Records, UA 021.502, Special Collections Research Center, North Carolina State University Libraries, Raleigh, NC

John Barger,” Accessed 23 September 2011.