Sonya Williams of Clinton has been selected by Prince George’s County Executive Rushern L. Baker III to fill the vacant District 9 school board seat.
Baker’s education adviser, Christian Rhodes, said the county executive received 27 applications to fill the seat vacated by former board member Donna Hathaway Beck, who resigned Sept. 6, citing legislative changes to the school board’s function and family obligations.
The search process, which began in August, took four months, as Baker wanted to make sure he put the right person in the position, Rhodes said.
Williams, president of Brandywine’s Gwynn Park High School PTSA, also works as project manager for the Fairfax, Va.-based Peterson Companies, Rhodes said.
Williams is a product of Prince George’s County Public Schools, having graduated from Crossland High School in Temple Hills, Rhodes said.
Williams recently took one of her sons out of private school to attend Gwynn Park, which was part of the reason Baker selected her, Rhodes said.
“She’s taken a second look at our public school system. She represents the people who have left our school system and whom we want to bring back,” Rhodes said. “She’ll serve as a good voice to that community.”
Baker said in a statement issued Friday that Williams would be a great addition to the school board.
“I was impressed with her innovative ideas to get more parents involved in their children’s education and her commitment to making our schools overall the best they can be,” Baker said.
Under legislation passed by the General Assembly earlier this year, the Prince George’s County executive has the authority to appoint individuals to vacant elected seats on the school board.
In August, Baker appointed Lyn Mundey of Upper Marlboro to the District 7 seat vacated by former board member Carletta Fellows in July.