Kent State's College of Business Administration Alumni Inducted into Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame

Aviation pioneer Janice K. Barden inducted into Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honored for decades of leadership.

Janice K. Barden, chairman and founder of Aviation Personnel International, was inducted into the Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame this summer at the Ohio Statehouse in Columbus.

Every year the Ohio Department of Aging pays tribute to several Ohioans who bolster their communities and the state through volunteer initiatives and who are exemplary leaders and role models in their fields.  Barden is one of nearly 500 elders who have been given this distinction since the award was established in 1977.

Barden, who currently lives in St. Helena, CA, was born in Cleveland and raised in Cuyahoga Falls, OH. She majored in business and minored in drama at Miami University.  In 1948, she received her BBA degree from Kent State University’s College of Business Administration with a concentration in industrial psychological testing. In 1971, she founded Aviation Personnel International, the first female-owned and operated search firm exclusively dedicated to the hiring needs of the business aviation industry.  As a female working in the once

male-dominated field of aviation, Barden paved the way for thousands of men and women alike, who, like she, nurtured a love for aviation and its related disciplines.  Earlier this year, Barden was hailed as an industry “game changer” by the National Business Aviation Association, and in 2014 was the recipient of the National Aeronautic Association’s Wesley L. McDonald Distinguished Statesman of Aviation Award.

“The College of Business Administration is extremely proud to call Janice a Kent State alumna,” says Dean Deborah F. Spake. “Her dedication, hard work and commitment to the aviation field have earned her this prestigious award, and she is very deserving.”

The Ohio Senior Citizens Hall of Fame honors hand-selected individuals age 60 and older who are native-born Ohioans or who have been Ohio residents for at least 10 years.  Nominations are evaluated on the impact of current contributions or a continuation of work and accomplishments begun before age 60.  This year’s nominees range in age from 67 to 92.

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Kent State University’s College of Business Administration is one of only 180 colleges or schools of business worldwide to achieve dual accreditation in both business and accounting from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International, the global accrediting body providing specialized accreditation at the bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The college boasts a satellite office at Kent State University’s Career Services Center dedicated to business students, and operates the Global Management Center, the Center for Information Systems and the Center for Entrepreneurship and Business Innovation all propelling scholarly research, establishing innovative industry partnerships and providing outreach to Northeast Ohio and beyond.

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POSTED: Thursday, July 30, 2015 12:00 AM
Updated: Saturday, December 3, 2022 01:02 AM