Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton
Dr. Sybil Jordan Hampton – Born in Springfield, Missouri, Sybil Jordan Hampton spent all of her childhood and adolescent years in Little Rock Arkansas. After a lengthy career in education that took her away from her home state, Dr. Hampton returned to Little Rock to become President of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation.
She was one of the first African American students to graduate from Central High School. After graduating from high school she received the National Scholarship Service and fund for Negro Students Supplemental Scholarship and the Freedman’s Scholarship. She was in fact, the first black Central graduate to have attended the 10th, 11th and 12th grades at Central.
After graduating from Central she went to Earlham College where she received a B.A. degree in English Literature. Sybil earned her bachelor’s degree in English literature from Earlham College in Indiana, a master’s degree in elementary education at the University of Chicago, and a master’s degree and her doctorate from the Teachers College, Columbia University in New York City,
During her college years she was awarded an experiment in International Living Scholarship to Japan where she spent the summer of 1963. In 1965 she received an internship from the U.S. Public Health Service and worked with Migrant Workers in New Jersey.
At the end of her senior year in college she was one of 4 seniors who were selected for senior convocation. After graduating college she joined the working world in Chicago as a Benefit Examiner in the Social Security Payment Center from 1966 -67.
In 1968 she entered the University of Chicago under a Tuition Fellowship and received her masters of Science degree in Teaching in Elementary education.
In 1968-69 she was awarded the Ford Foundation training and Placement Program Fellowship. This program involved teaching full-time which she did in The Louis Champlain Elementary School in Chicago, Illinois.
Sybil has had a distinguished career in education serving in leadership roles at Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas; at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the School of Arts and Science at Iona College in New Rochelle, New York. In addition, she served as Contributions Manager, Education and Culture at GTE in Stamford, Connecticut.
Sybil has been named Arkansas Business Top 100 Women in Arkansas several times, was honored as Earlham College Outstanding Alumni Award, 1998; name a Woman of Achievement, Iona College, 1986; is listed in Who’s Who Among Black Americans, 1980 – 81 and 1985 – 86; and was the 2002 recipient of National Conference for Community and Justice Humanitarian Award.