Retired educator named to Ethics Commission

LITTLE ROCK — Attorney General Dustin McDaniel on Wednesday appointed retired educator Sybil Jordan Hampton of Little Rock to the state Ethics Commission.

Hampton, 69, was a member of the second class of black students to enroll in Little Rock Central High School and was the first black student to attend the 10th, 11th and 12th grades at the school.

She graduated in 1962 and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Earlham College in Richmond, Ind., a master’s degree in education from the University of Chicago and master’s and doctoral degrees in higher education from Columbia University.

Hampton most recently served as president of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. She retired from the Little Rock-based foundation in 2006 as president emeritus.

“Dr. Hampton has spent her lifetime serving the public in the fields of education and philanthropy, and I am grateful for her willingness to continue to serve the people of Arkansas on the Ethics Commission,” McDaniel said in a news release announcing the appointment.

Hampton replaces the Rev. J. Barrington Minix Sr. on the commission. Her term expires in 2019.

The five members of the Ethics Commission are appointed to staggered five-year terms by the governor, the lieutenant governor, the attorney general, the Senate president pro tem and the House speaker.