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John L. Barry

President & CEO, Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum

 

John L. Barry, Maj Gen, USAF (Ret) is President and CEO of the Wings Over the Rockies (WOTR).  WOTR is comprised of Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum, Colorado’s Official Air and Space Museum, located in historic Lowry in Denver, CO and the newly-opened Exploration of Flight campus, located in Englewood, CO at Centennial Airport.

Mr. Barry served as President and CEO of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Metro Denver (BGCMD) from 2014-2016.  He was responsible for 17 standalone and school-based sites serving 2,000 kids each day with 10,000 registered members, 225 full and part-time staff, and a $16 million annual budget.

John Barry is Founder and CEO of VISTA Quest, LLC, a full-spectrum senior consulting and professional service firm on education and youth development, consisting of 16 state Superintendents of the Year from eleven different states in the nation.

General Barry served as Superintendent of Aurora Public Schools for seven years, from 2006-2013. Before returning to Colorado, he served in the United States Air Force for over 30 years as a combat veteran, fighter pilot/USAF “Top Gun” graduate, Military Assistant to the Secretary of Defense, and commander multiple times at the squadron, group and twice at the wing command level.  He is also a survivor of the 9/11 attack on the Pentagon. He retired in 2004 as a "Two Star", Major General, and served his last tour on active duty as Board Member and Executive Director for the Space Shuttle Columbia Accident Investigation. His immediate job for 3 years after the USAF was serving as the Vice President of SAP, a multi-billion dollar international corporation and leader in industrial software.

Mr. Barry is a 1973 Honor Graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, with a double major in International Affairs and Political Science.  He received his Masters in Public Administration from Oklahoma University, was a White House Fellow in 1986-1987, attended the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard on a fellowship in 1993-1994, and is a 2004 graduate of the Broad Superintendent Academy.

In 2011, John Barry was selected by the Colorado Association of School Executives as the Colorado Superintendent of the Year.  In 2013, he was selected as the Communicator of the Year by the Colorado School Public Relations Association.  Additionally, John Barry has been recognized as one of the top ten “Tech Savvy Superintendents” in the Nation by eSchool News and also as the Business Person of the Year by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce.

Barry has served on numerous boards and organizations nationally and in the Denver-Metro area to include: Board Member and Chairman, Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum; Colorado Forum; Colorado Cooperation; School Leaders for America; Public Education and Business Coalition; Rose Foundation, Education Committee; Big Brothers/Big Sisters; Junior Achievement; Council on Foreign Relations.