Additional Degree: Juris Doctor, George Washington University, 1978
While at Witt: Janet worked for Don Perkins in the Wittenberg Office of Public Relations. She was also involved with Concerned Black Students.
Employment History: Judge, Franklin County Municipal Court, 1987 to 1997. Janet was the first African American woman to serve as judge in Franklin County. Assistant Attorney General for the State of Ohio, Civil Rights Division, 1978 to 1987.
Current Job: As City Attorney for a city of approximately 1 million residents, Janet oversees a staff of 150 who represent the mayor, city council and all departments of city government. Janet was elected by Columbus voters in 1997.
Recent Accomplishments: Among her numerous awards, Janet has received the Woman of Achievement Award from the YWCA. Janet has also been a board member for 11 years of the Franklin County United Way, which boasts the highest per capita contribution rate of any United Way Campaign in the United States.
Why you do what you do? “Service is the rent we pay for living on this earth. You cannot pay back; you can only pay forward. Not in my wildest dreams did I ever think I would achieve as much as I have.”
What do you like best about your job? “Power — the power to better our community, the power to make positive changes. This is a job where you are never on the sideline.”
What do you dislike about your job? “With a staff of 150, I’m too busy to spend sufficient time with each employee to know and understand them personally.”
Why do you give back to Wittenberg? Next to my family and church, Wittenberg played the greatest role in my development. At Wittenberg I was stimulated and nurtured, and I matured. Wittenberg made me realize for the first time in my life that I could accomplish so much more than I ever imagined possible.
Current Wittenberg involvement: Janet is a member of the Wittenberg University Board of Directors, serving since 1989. Janet currently serves on the Academic Affairs Committee and the Student Development Committee.