Mountains to Midlands: CEO retirement and search

July 8, 2024

It is with a heavy heart that Girl Scouts of South Carolina—Mountains to Midlands announces the upcoming retirement of President and CEO Lora Tucker.

Tucker’s journey with GSSC-MM began in January 2020, just as the world was bracing for the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. Tucker guided staff and members with resilience, quickly transitioning to a virtual environment.

Tucker has more than 40 years of experience leading highly complex organizations through change and revitalization as well as initial infrastructure establishment. She is passionate about identifying and developing talent based on a belief that if you grow your people to be their best on the job and in life, you will create highly engaged teams committed to the organizational mission and goals. Lora is an articulate communicator with vast experience forging internal, external, and media relationships to convey public messaging in highly sensitive settings.  Lora’s background includes organizational development, strategic learning, diversity initiatives, membership and fund development, public policy, and legislative advocacy in both military and nonprofit sectors.

Tucker served as the CEO of Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and as a council consultant to Girl Scouts of the USA.  Before coming to GSSC-MM, Tucker was CEO of CenterLink, a national non-profit.  Additionally, Tucker is a retired Army Colonel and a lifelong student of executive leadership, development, and coaching.

Tucker is a lifelong Girl Scout and Gold Award Girl Scout. Her military awards include the Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star Medal.

Tucker is embarking on a new chapter in her life, focusing on her family, “My heart is filled with sadness and gratitude,” said Lora Tucker. “My time here has been extraordinary.”

Tucker’s last day with GSSC-MM will be October 31, 2024.

A dedicated CEO search committee has been established, comprising current board members and community leaders, who will be working under the leadership of Vida Jennings as Committee Chair.

Girl Scouts of South Carolina—Mountains to Midlands has partnered with Find Great People (FGP), an Executive Search Firm headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, with additional locations in Nashville, TN, Charleston, SC, and Columbia, SC. FGP will oversee the comprehensive search process to identify our next CEO.