The following article was included in Columbia Business Monthy's May 2011 Women of Influence issue. It is being reprinted with the magazine's permission.
Margaret Barber was appointed by Governor Nikki Haley and confirmed this past February as director of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Barber began a lifelong career in social services as a probation officer in York County in the late 60s, and has served as DJJ chief of staff from 2007 to January 2011. Other positions within DJJ include upstate regional administrator (1999-2007) and York County director (1993-1999).
“From staff members to field workers to our many volunteers, the people at DJJ are truly a family,” says Barber. “Their energy inspires me — they are so dedicated to helping our children succeed. It speaks well of Columbia that we have more volunteers than staff. We can’t say enough about our friends of Juvenile Justice. They’re part of our family as well, and we couldn’t do it without them. If you’re wondering how you can help, let us connect you — we work hard to match our needs to the strengths of every volunteer and supporter.” A York County native and resident of Fort Mill, Barber says the spirit of collaboration in Columbia is strong as she’s ever seen.
“As was the previous DJJ administration, I am committed to strong community collaborations. There’s a positive momentum now of working together and building relationships — from the governor, to agency directors, to police chiefs, to mayors, to line workers — all for the mutual benefit of those we serve. The key to our success will be to bury negativity and complacency and keep this positive momentum going, and we must. We cannot go stagnant.”
Last updated 05/18/2011