Former Dean of Academics Earns Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lifetime Achievement Award
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The St. Mary’s County Commission for Women honored Barbara Ives with the 2022 Ruth Bader Ginsberg Lifetime Achievement Award. Barbara, like Justice Ginsburg, moved through uncharted waters with tenacity and determination to demonstrate that women have always set the standard of excellence while providing opportunities and an example for others to follow.
After earning a congressional appointment to the United States Naval Academy in the first class to include women in service academy history, she graduated with honors and was commissioned as a naval officer. Barbara served for over six years on active duty with a meteorology and oceanography specialty and then transitioned to the Naval Reserve, where she served 27 years, attaining the rank of captain. In addition, she continued her education and pursued a career in academia.
Her family transferred to Naval Air Station Patuxent River in 2001, and she began teaching at St. Mary’s Ryken. She earned numerous awards during her tenure at SMR, including the National Honor Roll Outstanding American Teacher. In July 2008, Barbara was selected as dean of academics and quickly developed and implemented several innovative and highly effective academic and leadership programs.
She also founded and served as the director of the Individual Augmentee Spouse Support Group, an organization designed to support the spouses and families of individual augmentees (service members serving overseas fighting the global war on terror). She was awarded the Maryland Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for her achievements with this model program and was presented with the Department of the Navy Meritorious Public Service Award for her support of over 450 spouses and their families.
In October 2015, Barbara was selected as the director of Strategic Partnerships for the College of Southern Maryland. In this position, she worked closely with Southern Maryland schools, business and defense industries, the military and nonprofit organizations to establish or enhance relationships to support the college.
Now, Barbara is the chief operating officer of GI Enterprises, LLC. GIE supports government and commercial sectors in training and development and business operations.
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