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Global Leadership Coalition honors Mayor Volk

Hendersonville Mayor Barbara Volk has been recognized by the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition as a 2021 Global Statesman Award Winner.

Around 100 mayors involved with the USGLC from across the country are being honored during a virtual tribute event for their bipartisan leadership.

“USGLC is proud to honor Mayor Volk because she has been an influential advocate for strengthening American global leadership to support our communities here at home," said Liz Schrayer, President and CEO of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition. "Let’s face it, mayors across the country are on the frontlines every day, addressing global issues that are now kitchen table issues – from the pandemic to our economy – that matter to their constituents. They uniquely understand that America simply can’t ignore what happens outside our borders."

Volk has served on the Hendersonville City Council since 1989. Originally from Chicago, she moved to Hendersonville in 1975. She attended Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana, and earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics. She also received a degree as a medical record administrator from the allied health school at Bowman Gray School of Medicine in Winston-Salem. She is a professional registered parliamentarian and before retirement was self-employed providing computer services for small businesses and nonprofits. She and her late husband, Dr. James Volk, decided to relocate to Hendersonville after Dr. Volk received a job opportunity. They wanted to live in a town that is small and family friendly. The first female mayor of Hendersonville, she has served in the role since December 2009.