The board of directors for Noblesville-based Aspire Indiana has named Barbara Scott president and chief executive officer. Scott, who has served as the organization’s chief operating officer for the past 20 years, succeeds Rich DeHaven, who retired at the end of June.
In addition to her duties as COO, Scott also served as executive vice president of Aspire Indiana, following the merger of the Center for Mental Health and BehaviorCorp in 2009. Aspire Indiana says Scott has been an "instrumental force" in the organization’s efforts in central Indiana.
"This is now my 8th position within the organization over the last 30 years," said Scott. "I thank Rich DeHaven for preparing me and I thank staff and the Aspire Board of Directors for accepting me. I am so proud to be part of an institution that has served its communities for over 40 years. My intention is to approach my new position with my feet firmly planted in our rich tradition and my eyes seeing new perspectives for our future."
The nonprofit says Scott’s leadership had led to numerous awards at the local, state and national level, including the National Council for Community Healthcare Awards of Excellence in Community Collaboration and the Madison County Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year.
Last month, Aspire announced plans to close the Harvestland Farm in Anderson and move its employment program to the Aspire offices.