New Converse University president dies in SC bicycle crash

South Carolina News

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A university president in South Carolina has died in a bicycle wreck less than a month after he started his new job.

Investigators said 64-year-old Converse University President Jeffrey Barker was killed Wednesday evening when his bicycle ran off a Spartanburg street.

The university in Spartanburg plans a gathering Thursday afternoon where the campus bell 20 times in his honor.

Barker worked at Converse University for 20 years and planned to retire as provost in 2021.

But school leaders convinced him to stay on as president after the previous leader left for a different school.

He took over at the beginning of July.

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