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JFK University Announces New Dean of College of Law

May 21, 2010

PLEASANT HILL, Calif. – John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, has hired Dean Barbieri to serve as the new Dean of the College of Law, effective July 1, 2010, President Steven Stargardter announced today.

Mr. Barbieri has extensive experience at the State Bar of California as well as connections in the legal and local communities. Since 2001, Mr. Barbieri has served as the Director for Examinations for the Office of Admissions of the State Bar of California, overseeing the preparation of the questions administered on the California Bar Examination and the California First Year Law Students’ Examination. He also has been involved with the accreditation and regulation responsibilities of the law schools accredited by or registered with the Committee of Bar Examiners. In addition, Barbieri has served as interim Director for Moral Character Determinations at the State Bar.

Mr. Barbieri currently sits on the management and advisory committees and boards of numerous entities, including the National Conference of Bar Examiners Education Committee and the Continuing Education of the Bar Governing Committee.

Prior to joining the staff with the State Bar’s Office of Admissions, Mr. Barbieri was in private law practice in Contra Costa County focusing on commercial, banking, probate, construction, and real estate law. Since 1989, he has been a member of the Panels of Mediators and Arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association and has mediated over 300 cases to a successful resolution, serving as sole arbitrator in more than 100 cases.

Mr. Barbieri was recently elected Mayor of the City of Piedmont, California. Previously, he served as Piedmont’s Vice Mayor and as a member of the City Council.

Mr. Barbieri received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Public Service from the University of California-Davis and a Juris Doctor from the School of Law at the University of San Francisco.

About John F. Kennedy University
Founded in 1964, John F. Kennedy University, an affiliate of the National University System, was among the first institutions of higher education in California committed to lifelong learning for adults. Today, the University’s three Colleges and Continuing Education division provide innovative higher education opportunities to more than 2,000 professionals who, despite a full range of life responsibilities, are determined to advance their education and improve their future. The Continuing Education division provides professional development education to more than 2,500 individuals per year. A pioneer of education that integrates theory and practice, John F. Kennedy University and its students touch the lives of more than 30,000 people in Bay Area communities every year through their support of outreach centers and public programs. For more information, visit

About the National University System
The National University System was established to meet the emerging challenges and demands of education in the 21st century. The System is uniquely aligned to connect a diverse population of students to a network of innovative educational programs that are relevant to their lives, careers, and the marketplace and are delivered in a format that respects competing life priorities. Dr. Jerry C. Lee has served as the System’s Chancellor since it was founded in 2001. In addition to John F. Kennedy University, the affiliates of the National University System are National University; National University International; the Division of Pre-College Programs consisting of National University Virtual High School and National University Academy; Spectrum Pacific Learning; and WestMed College. Entities related to the System include the National University System Institute for Policy Research, National University Golf Academy, and the Center for Integrative Health. For more information, visit: