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7/1/99

Bob Lowry

AU'S BARTH NAMED TO GEORGETOWN'S CREDIT RESEARCH CENTER BOARD

AUBURN -- James Barth, the Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance at Auburn University, has been appointed to the governing board of the Georgetown University- based Credit Research Center.

Barth will serve as three-year term.

The Credit Research Center, formerly based at Purdue University, researches consumer credit issues throughout the United States.

Barth joined the AU College of Business faculty in 1990 after serving as chief economist of the Office of Thrift Supervision. He was also previously the chief economist of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board.

Barth is the author of The Great Savings and Loan Debacle and co-wrote The Future of American Banking and The Reform of Federal Deposit Insurance.

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CONTACT: Barth, 334/844-2469.