The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted their approval and appointed Sujatha Hampton, Ph.D., as the Dranesville Representative on the Fairfax County Library Board of Trustees. Supervisor John W. Foust (D-Dranesville) brought the matter forward at the Sept.15 regular board meeting. "With its resources and ability to reach so many residents, especially our youth, the County's Public Library is an important ally to the Board of Supervisors' efforts to advance social and economic equity in the county. As evidenced by her education and professional background, Dr. Hampton is passionate about teaching children how to read and how important it is to read," said Foust in a statement.
According to Hampton, she grew up in Vienna and is a product of Fairfax County Schools. Hampton received her Doctorate in Special Education from the University of Texas and has been a teacher, an educational administrator, an author, and now serves as the Education Chair of the Fairfax NAACP.
"(Dr. Hampton) is also a leading voice for creating a community that recognizes the importance of every individual, and that rejects racial and other forms of discrimination... (She) will bring diversity and passion to a Library Board that is already doing a good job of serving our community," Foust said.
The twelve-member volunteer Library Board of Trustees is responsible for library policies and making budget recommendations to the Board of Supervisors. Its next meeting is Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 7-9 p.m. A maximum of 10 people may speak during the public comment period. To sign up to speak, call 703-324-8324.