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AG selects Debbie Barnes as 2010 distinguished alum

l-r: Gary Selby and Debbie Barnes

EKU's Department of Agriculture is pleased to announce that Ms. Debbie A. Barnes has been selected as their departmental distinguished alum for 2010.

Ms. Barnes was honored during a presentation on Friday, March 26, 2010, at the annual College of Business and Technology College to Careers senior recognition luncheon.

The honor is reserved for special alumni who have distinguished themselves in their professions through excellence, dedication, and service.

Ms. Barnes graduated Magna Cum Laude with her Bachelor of Science in Ornamental Horticulture from EKU in 2002. 

Ms. Barnes is partner and general manager of LEH Enterprises in Nicholasville – familiar to most of us as Louis Flower Power.  If you listen to WVLK radio, you may have heard her voice co-hosting their Saturday morning show.

Eastern is known for providing opportunities to working professionals with the desire to further develop within their career fields.  And Debbie Barnes is a classic example.  While finishing her Bachelor’s degree, she also completed the Associate of Science in Landscape Horticulture graduating with High Distinction – no easy feat while managing one of the most popular retail landscape businesses in Lexington.

Her professional interests extend well beyond retail management.  Ms. Barnes is a member of the American Nursery and Landscape Association, Southern Nursery Association, a member of the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce, and a committee member of the Mid-States Association CLT Board.  As a Certified Landscape Technician herself, she fostered a partnership for the CLT testing process that benefitted EKU, the Kentucky Turf Council, and the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association.

For six years, she served on the board of the Kentucky Nursery and Landscape Association (KNLA) and chaired committees focusing on invasive pest species, immigration labor, and legislative issues.  Actively participating in critical horticulture and agriculture concerns, Ms. Barnes has lobbied in Washington and Frankfort. 

She works closely with the local farmers market to promote Kentucky products and actively promotes cooperation between horticulture and agriculture in Kentucky to generate new revenue. 

The community also benefits from her seemingly endless energy. Elementary schools, The Arboretum, and Habitat for Humanity are among those to have enjoyed programs, presentations, and donations. 

Congratulations, Ms. Barnes, on being selected as the 2010 Distinguished Alumna representing the Department of Agriculture.

The college also honored distinguished seniors for the year as selected by their respective departments within the College of Business and Technology. Mr. Gary Estill Selby, Jr. was selected as the AG departmental distinguished senior. In addition, recipients of scholarships and awards for the 2009-10 academic year were recognized. Students were honored for outstanding achievement and more than 40 area employers were on hand to engage in networking activities with college graduating seniors.

Published on March 26, 2010

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