Paul Barton '53

Paul Barton graduated from Hiram College in 1953 with a major in social science. He has a distinguished career dedicated to public service with the U.S. government, primarily in the areas of education and labor policy, and with non-profit organizations that assist the government in addressing education and labor issues.  He is currently Senior Associate, Research and Development, at Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey and Washington DC, and is an independent education consultant and writer. He has served as president of the National Institute for Work and Learning, on the Policy Planning Staff of the U.S. Department of Labor, and on the staff of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on career, education, literacy, welfare indicators, higher education, youth unemployment, and employment policy.

Paul's 1965 The Negro Family Report, once termed "the best single piece of social science research since World War II" was co-authored with the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan and  is today used as course material in many college and university Social Science Departments. Other publications include America's Smallest School: The Family; Raising Achievement and Reducing Gaps; Hispanics in Science and Engineering; and Facing the Hard Facts in Education Reform. His November 2003 publication, Parsing the Achievement Gap, received national attention in USA Today and in a press release by Representative John Boehner, (R-Ohio), Chairman, House Committee on Education and Workforce.

Paul has consulted with and written commissioned papers for the National Education Goals Panel, the National Assessment Governing Board, and the Work in America Institute, The National Institute of Education, and the Ohio State Center for Research in Vocational Education, the Southern Regional Education Board, the American Federation of Teachers, and Jobs for the Future.

Paul served as a Hiram trustee from 1982 until 1988. During that time, he was inducted into the Garfield Society. He has provided the College with consistent financial support over the years and he was a member of his 50th Reunion Committee for Reunion 2003.

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