STATE BOARD DISTRICT 4
Ms. Carolyn L. Wims-Campbell
3824 SE Illinois Avenue
Topeka, KS 66609
(785) 266-3798 (h)
Carolyn L. Wims-Campbell was elected in November of 2008 to serve on the Kansas State Board of Education. This marks the next step in Ms. Wims-Campbell’s long –time commitment to education both at the local, state and national level. Ms. Wims-Campbell was elected for three terms on the Topeka Public Schools Board of Education beginning in 1995 and served two terms as President - 1997-1999 and July of 2006 through 2007. She now serves as a representative on the Governmental Affairs Committee of the National Association of State Boards of Education and on the State Board of Edcation Policy Committee. She is also a board member member of Community In Schools.
Ms. Wims-Campbell involvement in many education-related activities include serving first as Vice President in 2004-2005 and then as President in 2005-2006 of the National Federation of Urban Suburban School Districts; serving as a Regional Vice President of the Kansas Association of School Boards from 2003 to 2006; a Kettering Foundation Faculty member in 2002; a member of the Sheldon Head Start Policy Council since 2002; and a member of the Kansas and Topeka Alliances of Black School Educators. Most recently, she has served on the 2010 Commission, which was charged with developing education funding recommendations to take the state through the year 2010.
Ms. Wims-Campbell is a co-founder of the Circle of Women mentoring group, which is in its ninth year and whose motto is “Through our thoughts we can change the world.” The group is active with young women of high school age in Topeka. She is also a member of Living The Dream Business Partners .
Other community and governmental organizations in which Ms. Wims-Campbell has been involved include service on the YWCA Board for two three-year terms, 2001-2007; membership on the Kansas Advisory Council on Intergovernmental relations to which she was appointed by Governor Sebelius to serve from 2004-2008; and a member of the US District Attorney Citizens Academy in 2007.
Ms. Wims-Campbell has received many awards and recognitions, most recently receiving the State of Kansas Governor’s Dr. Martin Luther King Award in 2007 and the Topeka Public Schools Friends of Education Award in 2008.
Ms. Wims-Campbell is a life-long member of St. Mark’s African Methodist Episcopal Church and remains an active participant in the life and work of the congregation. She is also the mother of a daughter, Erica Elise Campbell, who she notes "raising to be a beautiful young lady” to be first among her accomplishments.