CEO of Girl Scout Heart of Michigan Inducted in College Hall of Fame
Monday, April 27, 2015
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
LANSING – Jan Barker’s leadership of Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan was honored when she was inducted into Miami Dade College’s Alumni Hall of Fame during a ceremony on April 9 in Miami, FL.
Barker, a Miami native who has lived in Michigan for more than 30 years, said she is humbled to receive this recognition. Since 2007 she has been Chief Executive Officer for Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan which formed after a merger of councils throughout a 34-county area in mid-Michigan. Prior to that she was the CEO of one of these legacy councils based in Kalamazoo.
“I am very appreciative to my alma mater for this honor which is a validation of the power of Girl Scouting to build girls into leaders,” Barker said. “As a young girl growing up in Florida I was a Girl Scout. I credit that involvement with the person I have become.”
Under Barker’s leadership, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan has grown its girl and adult membership, in addition to experiencing continued increases in their Girl Scout Cookie sales despite economic downturns. Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan ranks sixth for membership growth among the Top 10 councils throughout the United States.
Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan closed out 2014 with a record-breaking membership of more than 20,000 girls and more than 5,000 adult volunteers.
Barker’s numerous successes and forward-thinking approach to anticipating and meeting the ever-changing needs of girls has earned her the respect of leaders in business, education, and public service.
Donald Jost, of Holt, has been chairman of the Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan’s Board Development Committee since 2013. He said Barker is very deserving of this honor.
"Miami Dade College has nearly two million alumni,” Jost said. “Jan Barker's selection to its Alumni Hall of Fame is a real distinction for her and for Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan.
“Jan's selection is a very appropriate recognition of her as an important and successful Michigan citizen and not-for-profit executive. Girl Scouts is fortunate to have her leadership in carrying out its youth development mission".
Barker joins the ranks of MDC Hall of Famers, including actor Andy Garcia and Pulitzer prize-winning poet Nilo Cruz.
For additional information about Jan Barker or Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan, visit www.gshom.org or call (800) 49-SCOUT.