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Virginia Barry
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New Hampshire Commissioner of Education
In office
June 1, 2009 - Present
Years in position 6
Base salary$114,553
Elections and appointments
AppointedMay 2009
Appointed byGov. John Lynch
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sFlorida State University
Master'sQueens College City University of New York, State University of New York at Stony Brook
Ph.D.Florida State University
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Virginia Barry is the New Hampshire Commissioner of Education. She has served in this position since 2009.[1]


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Barry has over 27 years of experience in education as a teacher, leader, tenured university professor, and provost and vice president for academic affairs.[1]


  • B.S., Florida State University
  • M.S., Queens College City University of New York, State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • Ph.D., Florida State University
  • Post-doctoral studies at New York University, Harvard and William and Mary[1]

Political career

Commissioner of Education (2009-Present)

Barry has served in this position since June 1, 2009.[1] The New Hampshire Executive Council unanimously confirmed Gov. John Lynch’s nomination to the position.[1]



Barry was nominated as New Hampshire Commissioner of Education by Gov. John Lynch in May 2009 and approved by New Hampshire’s Executive Council. Council President Sara Jayne Steen said of the choice, “Virginia Barry will be a wonderful commissioner. She brings to the position leadership experience across the educational levels, knowledge of the state’s educational opportunities, and an energy and intelligence that will serve New Hampshire well.”[2]

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