Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Cordelia “Dee Dee” Harbut of Lexington as executive director of the Kentucky Commission on Women.
She also is to serve as acting director of the Governor’s Office of Minority Empowerment.
“I am confident that her character, expertise, leadership skills and, above all, her servant’s heart will allow her to lead the commission with conviction and vision,” Bevin said in a statement. “She will be a strong advocate for our great Commonwealth of Kentucky.”
Harbut said she was honored to be chosen.
“I thank God for the opportunity and I pray I will serve to His glory,” she said.
Madeline Abramson, the commission’s chairwoman, said she was pleased Bevin had filled the position and that she looks forward to working with Harbut.
Harbut is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University, with a masters in business adminstration. She began her career as director for the Lexington Area Small Business Development Center in 2001, where she worked until becoming the state director of special programs for the Kentucky Small Business Development Center in 2005. She left to become the statewide director for the Kentucky Procurement Technical Assistance Center, where she has been since 2014.
Harbut has won several awards throughout her career, including the SBA Kentucky Minority Small Business Advocate of the Year in 2013 and the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council Southeast, Supplier Diversity Advocate Award in 2008.
She is a commissioner on the Lexington-Fayette County Parking Authority.