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ERIC Number: EJ877764
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1849
R. Burl Yarberry
Nishimoto, Warren
Educational Perspectives, v40 n2 p29-34 2007
R. Burl Yarberry was born in 1920 in Pueblo, Colorado. He attended public schools in Pueblo and graduated from high school in 1938. After a year attending the Colorado School of Mines, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in the Pacific during World War II. Following his discharge, he earned a BA in English from Western State College of Colorado and an MA in American and English literature from the University of Arizona. Between 1950 and 1954, Yarberry was teacher and principal at Ouray High School in Colorado. In 1956, Yarberry received a PhD in English from the University of New Mexico. Shortly thereafter, he arrived in Hawai'i as an English instructor at Hawai'i Vocational School, today known as University of Hawai'i at Hilo. He soon became the college's director, a position equivalent to chancellor today. In 1962, at the age of forty-one, Yarberry was selected by the state Board of Education to be superintendent of schools. After a four-year tenure as state superintendent, he became coordinator of secondary education and boys' school principal at the Kamehameha Schools. Two years later, he was named commissioner of education for the U.S. Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands [TTPI]. Beginning in 1972, Yarberry was involved in various federal and private projects focusing on educational reform. This article presents a narrative on Yarberry's early life in Colorado, education, years as head of UH-Hilo, and tenure as state superintendent of schools. (Contains 7 endnotes. This article was edited by Cynthia Oshiro.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Colorado; Hawaii; New Mexico