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Barry Ritchie


Professor and Vice Provost for Academic Personnel


Department of Physics



Barry Graham Ritchie is Vice Provost of Academic Personnel at Arizona State University and holds the rank of Professor in the Department of Physics at ASU. He is also serving as the Director of the university-wide effort for the reaffirmation of the accreditation of Arizona State University by the North Central Association Higher Learning Commission in 2013. 

Prof. Ritchie served as Interim Vice President and Dean of the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at ASU 2006-2007. Prior to that appointment, he served as Chair of the Department of Physics and Astronomy within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at ASU from 2000-2006, and Associate Chair of the department from 1995-2000. He has been with ASU since 1984, being promoted to Professor of Physics in 1996.

After receiving a bachelor's degree in physics from Appalachian State University, he earned M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nuclear physics from the University of South Carolina, and served as a postdoctoral research associate at both the University of South Carolina and the University of Maryland. A member of the American Physical Society with over 170 refereed publications, Prof. Ritchie's research specialty is in experimental nuclear and particle physics. He has served on technical advisory panels at Los Alamos National Laboratory and at the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility (Jefferson Lab). Prof. Ritchie's research group, which has been continuously funded by the National Science Foundation since 1985, studies the structure of the protons and neutrons that make up atomic nuclei through experiments at international particle accelerator facilities.