Detroit Public Schools Sends One of Its Finest to Girl Scouts of the USA


May 15, 2006

Marion Swan

© GSUSA. All rights reserved. (Photographer: )New York, N.Y.— Norma I. Barquet, Ed.D., has been named Executive Vice President of Girl Scouts of the USA, effective July 6, 2006. In her new position, Barquet will be charged with national membership and volunteer recruitment efforts as well as spearheading the nation's premier leadership program for girls and the international dimensions of Girl Scouting through USA Girl Scouts Overseas (USAGSO) and the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS).

A respected authority in the education field, Barquet simultaneously held two positions: Executive Director of School Accountability, and Executive Director of Department of Language and Cultural Initiatives at Detroit Public Schools. Other positions she has held include: Executive Director, Department of Program and Innovations for Detroit Public Schools and Associate Director, Programs for Educational Opportunity at the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor. 

Having served on the organization's National Board of Directors for six years, Norma comes to this new position not only with extensive professional experience in youth development but also an insider's knowledge and a deep-seated commitment to Girl Scouts.

"We are thrilled that Norma has accepted the Executive Vice President’s position," said Kathy Cloninger, CEO Girl Scouts of the USA. "With her at the helm of program development and recruitment efforts, we are all confident that Girl Scouts will continue its tradition of preparing today's girls to become tomorrow's leaders."

With a doctorate in education from Wayne State University and a master's in Spanish and Latin-American literature from the University of Iowa, Barquet's career spans 25 years and has been highlighted by a 2006 Educational Excellence Award from the Hispanic Business Alliance, 2005 Woman of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League, Educational Achievement from Delta Tau Lambda Sorority – University of Michigan in 1999 and the Eastern Michigan University Outstanding Achievement Award in 1993.

“With Girl Scouts' rich heritage of leadership development, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to use my expertise with diverse populations to expand the reach of this incredible organization. Regardless of socio-economic status, race or ethnicity, all girls deserve the chance to explore their unlimited potential and Girl Scouts provides them with that opportunity," Barquet said.

About Girl Scouts of the USA

Girl Scouts of the USA is the preeminent organization for and leading authority on girls with 3.7 million girl and adult members. Now in its 94th year, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence and character, who make the world a better place. The organization strives to serve girls from every corner of the United States and its territories. Girls Scouts of the USA also serves American girls and their classmates attending American or international schools overseas in 90 countries. For more information on how to join, volunteer, or donate to the Girl Scouts, call (800) GSUSA 4 U (800-478-7248) or visit www.girlscouts.org. For information in Spanish, call (866) 830-8700 or visit www.girlscouts.org/espanol.