The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore have announced the selection of Eileen M. Higgins as new chief executive officer of the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. The council’s current CEO, Susan H. McClure, retires September 30 after 18 years in the role with that Girl Scouts council and the Monmouth Council of Girl Scouts, which merged with the Girl Scouts of Ocean County in 2007.
Since 2008, Higgins has served as executive director of the Monmouth County Workforce Development Board. The board is operated under the guidance of the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders and is responsible for distributing all state and federal money received to support workforce activities in Monmouth County.
“I’m honored that the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore’s board of directors selected me to lead this life-changing organization for girls,” said Higgins, a Fair Haven resident. “For almost a decade I’ve helped young adults enter the workforce and I’ve seen the difficulties they face and the obstacles they must overcome. I look forward to leading an organization that makes an impact at a younger age and prepares girls for a lifetime of success and leadership, in all its forms.”
“Stepping away is a bitter-sweet moment for me,” said McClure. “For almost two decades I’ve been dedicated to the Girl Scout mission to help young girls become women of courage, confidence and character. Looking back on my time with Girl Scouts my memory is filled with images of young girls who grew to become strong, successful women.”
One of those young women is Hannah Morgan, Beachwood, an 18-year-old Girl Scout who just began her first semester at The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) studying biomedical engineering. The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore honored Morgan as a 2017 Young Woman of Distinction.
“Sue has been the face of Girl Scouts as long as I can remember,” said Morgan, one of three active Girl Scouts in Monmouth and Ocean counties born the week McClure began her tenure with Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore. “The support she provided to my Girl Scout robotics team helped me decide I want to become an engineer. There is no way to fully thank her for her leadership and the legacy she’s leaving.”
The Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore serves more than 10,000 girls ages 5-18 in Monmouth and Ocean counties. Higgins begins in her new role as its CEO on October 1. Her first official act will be to lead the council’s delegation to G.I.R.L. 2017, the largest gathering of girls and women in the world. In addition coming together to learn, network and be inspired, the council’s representatives will join more than 10,000 other go-getters, innovators, risk-takers and leaders at the October 6-8 event in Columbus, Ohio.
For more information about the Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, or to become a member, visit jerseyshoregirlscouts.org or call 800-785-2090.
Photo Caption: Susan H. McClure, outgoing chief executive officer, Girl Scouts of the Jersey Shore, and Eileen M. Higgins, incoming CEO, together on September 14 at the Girl Scouts’ second annual Phenomenal Women Under 40 event at Park Pavilion, Seaside Park. At the Phenom Awards, 10 outstanding female role models were honored not only for their achievements but also for their future potential. Higgins joins the Girl Scouts as chief executive officer on October 1. (Photo courtesy of Tom Zapcic.)