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Converse University mourns President Jeff Barker after death in bicycle crash in Spartanburg

Converse University is mourning the loss of President Jeffrey Barker after a bicycle crash took his life Wednesday.

Spartanburg Herald-Journal p Jeffrey Barker p Converse University is mourning the loss of its Interim President Jeffrey Harrison Barker who was killed Wednesday after riding a bicycle off the side of Meadowbrook Road near Cherry Hill Road, according to the South Carolina Highway Patrol.Converse University remembered President Jeff Barker during a private memorial Thursday.Under Barker's leadership, then-Converse College transitioned to a co-ed model and officially changed its name to Converse University July 1.This article originally appeared on Herald-Journal: Converse University mourns President Jeff Barker after death in bicycle crash in Spartanburg

p "I was so intimidated by meeting this published philosophy professor who is also the chief academic officer at our institution, and he did such a beautiful job of making me comfortable," Hopkins said.Hopkins said Barker left big shoes to fill.

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