Regent Bill J. Barber is one of the charter members of the CASC Development Foundation and gave the seed money for the college’s first dormitory, the Bill J. Barber Scholars Center. His generous contributions to the foundation have provided a way for numerous area students to receive a college education. Bill moved to Poteau from Checotah in 1954 as a linesman for Oklahoma Gas & Electric. He then went into business for himself, purchasing the Western Auto Store in Poteau in 1963 and opening Anchor Finance Company in Poteau and Sallisaw. Both businesses continue to thrive. He has been involved in the buying, building, and selling of real estate in LeFlore County and recently opened Long Lake Resort outside of Poteau. Barber himself is a graduate of CASC, having completed his degree from then-Poteau Community College in 1960 after five years of night and weekend classes. He has served on the Board of Directors for Central National Bank, the Poteau Evening Lions Club, the Gideons, and the Board of Trustees at First Free Will Baptist Church. He and his wife, Anita, live in Poteau.