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Sue Forbes Watson
When asked what Sue considers to be her greatest professional achievement, she is quick and proud to answer that it was helping to lead Hanover County Public Schools as a member of the School Board during a time of change and continuous improvement. Her service began in 1976 when she became the first woman to serve on the School Board. Her tenure included nine terms as vice chairman and eight terms as chair of the board. Sue retired from the Hanover County School Board in 2012 as the longest serving school board member in the Richmond region and the third longest serving school board member in Virginia.
Sue is also involved in the greater Ashland/Hanover/Richmond community. She is the co-founder, co-producer, and co-director of the Ashland Musical Variety Show (since 1982). A member of the class of 1987 of Leadership Metro Richmond, Sue served as Chair of the Board of LMR. She continues to serve on the planning/leadership committee for an important yearly program, “Untold Stories—Growing Up, Ashland-Hanover—Black and White experiences.” Sue has served on the Randolph-Macon College's Arts Council since the Council began. She continues her advocacy for Hanover children by her service as a community representative on the Hanover County Public Schools' Pre-school Policy Council. Sue is committed in all of her civic activities to bringing together diverse people for a good cause. She calls this “community building through the arts.”
Upon accepting the nomination as a Hanover HERO, Sue said “I believe in the mission of Hanover Habitat for Humanity and I was honored that the organization thought that I could help raise some money to support the important mission of helping families to have homes.”