Bruce Barry is the longtime husband of politician and until recently, Mayor of Nashville, Megan Barry. His wife of several years has stepped down after pleading guilty to property theft.
This is definitely not the year for Bruce’s wife who in late January admitted to having an affair with her bodyguard Sgt. Robert Forrest –who pleaded guilty to the same theft charge. According to reports, the disgraced mayor agreed to reimburse the city $11,000. Both Barry and Forrest were sentenced to three years of probation. They attended 10 city-funded trips by themselves without other mayor’s office staff present and they are both married.
Megan Christine Mueller, born September 22, 1963 in Santa Ana, California –was seen as a rising star nationally and at the city-level for Democrats. She was elected in September 2015.
As for Bruce Barry, believe it or not, he sides with his wife despite of it all. The couple’s only child, Max Barry died last July of a drug overdose. He was 22.
Bruce Barry is a college professor at Vanderbilt University specifically, he is Brownlee O. Currey, Jr. Professor of Management at the Owen Graduate School of Management.
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He joined the Vanderbilt faculty in 1991 and was Director of the Owen School’s Ph.D. Program in Management from 1998-2004. He was Chair of the Vanderbilt University Faculty Senate in 2008-09. He has also taught at UNC-Chapel Hill and at Duke University, and has been a visiting professor at the Melbourne Business School and the Queensland University of Technology in Australia.
The 60-year-old was born and raised in Long Island, N.Y., the second of three boys. Barry’s parents divorced when he was 5, and his mother quickly got re-married, to a furrier in the New York Garment District.
Barry entered University of Virginia fully intending to be a medical doctor. But ultimately double majored in foreign affairs and speech communication before going to two graduate schools and becoming a doctor – a Ph.D.
Barry is also a prolific blogger and opinion piece writer, he has written several scholarly books. He is a contributor for “Nashville Scene” and runs his own website, BruceBarry.Net.
Find Bruce Barry on Twitter here.