Leesa Aiken, Agency Director
Leesa Aiken is the Director of the South Carolina State Library, where she has worked for thirteen years in various capacities before becoming the Agency Director. She enjoys creating programs that provide equal access to information for all South Carolinians and believes that access to information creates opportunities for success.
Ms. Aiken received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child and Family Studies with an emphasis on Early Care and Education from Columbia College, a Master of Arts in Organizational Change and Leadership from Columbia College, and a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of South Carolina. She is a Certified Public Manager, a Master Project Manager, and holds a Senior Professional in Human Resources designation.
She is active in the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, the Society for Human Resource Management, the Greater Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and in state and local government. Ms. Aiken has served on numerous boards to include, the South Carolina State Employee Grievance Committee, South Carolina First Steps, Rolling Readers, the International Public Management Association, the South Carolina State Employee Association, the Partnership among South Carolina Academic Libraries, and the South Carolina K-12 Technology Board.
Aiken’s fundamental goal is to provide inclusive access, which meets the needs of the diverse population in South Carolina. The State Library is committed to developing, supporting, and sustaining a thriving community of learners, who make South Carolina stronger through innovation and collaboration.