Dr. John D. Barge, State School Superintendent
Dr. John Barge was born and raised in Cobb County, Georgia. He graduated from Campbell High School in 1984 and attended Berry College in Rome, Georgia, on academic and journalism scholarships, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in 1988.
Dr. Barge has earned three advanced degree: a master’s degree and a specialist’s degree from the University of West Georgia and a doctoral degree in educational leadership from the University of Georgia. In his 23 years in education, Dr. Barge has served as a high school English teacher, middle school Spanish teacher, assistant principal and principal. He also served as the state director of Career, Technical and Agriculture Education for the Georgia Department of Education. He was the Director of Secondary Curriculum and Instruction with the Bartow County School System when he was elected as the State School Superintendent in November 2010.
Dr. Barge was recognized as a STAR teacher in 1996 and as Georgia’s Assistant Principal of the Year in 2001. He received the Berry College Alumni Association’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 2005 and the University of West Georgia Alumni Achievement Award in 2012.
John and his wife Loraine are long-time Floyd County residents and have been married for 22 years. Their 17-year-old daughter attends public school in Floyd County.