Carol Jenkins Barnett (Lakeland)

Carol Jenkins Barnett

Carol Jenkins Barnett has served since 1991 as president of Publix Super Markets Charities and from 1983 to 2016 as a member of the board of directors of Publix Super Markets.

She also serves as vice chair of the Florida Council of Economic Education and has served as a co-chair of the Florida TaxWatch Center for Educational Performance/Pre-K, an executive board member of the Florida Council on Economic Education, a member of the Center for Excellence in Early Education National Advisory Board as well as in more than a dozen other community-service roles.

In 2016, Mrs. Barnett was inducted into the Florida Women’s Hall of Fame. Among her numerous professional awards and honors: Women of Distinction, Girl Scouts West Central, 2008; Helen Ayala Davis Award, Children’s Home Society, 2005; Florida Arts Council Award, 2004; Polk County Schools Hall of Fame Award, 2003; United Way's Philanthropic Partner Award, 2003; National Alexis de Tocqueville Award, United Way of America, 2002.

She is the daughter of George W. Jenkins, the late founder of Publix. Mrs. Barnett earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration/marketing from Florida Southern College.

She and her husband, Barney, the vice chairman of Publix, live in Lakeland. They have two sons, Wesley and Nicholas.

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