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George Reese Moves to Education Initiatives Office

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Thursday, December 5, 2002

NASA Deputy Administrator Fred Gregory announced George Reese, Assistant Administrator for Equal Opportunity Programs, has accepted a detail assignment with the Department of Educations White House Initiatives Office for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

Reese will be working with the initiatives director, Ambassador Leonard Spearman, and the President's Board of Advisors on HBCUs on how best to ensure the institutions' long-term viability and enhancement.

"We're glad to know that George's energy and expertise will continue to be available to the government," said Deputy Administrator Gregory. "NASA has a long history of encouraging and supporting education, and George's background will enhance the Administration's commitment to the future of Historically Black Colleges and Universities," he said.

Reese has been head of NASAs Office of Equal Opportunity Programs since 1997. Before that he was Deputy General Counsel, Associate General Counsel for General Law, and he served as a Senior Attorney and Attorney-Advisor. He joined NASA in 1977.

During his 25 years at NASA, Reese worked on numerous cases related to equal opportunity and employment issues. He was the NASA representative and U.S. delegate to the Legal Subcommittee of the U.N. Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. He also served for many years as the Chairman of the NASA Contract Adjustment Board.

Reese was born in Detroit and raised in Pennsylvania. He received his bachelors degree from Lincoln University, Pa. and his J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center, Washington. He also attended the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs.

During the Vietnam War, he served as an officer in the United States Army. Reese is married and has two sons.

Associate Deputy Administrator Jim Jennings will serve in an interim role as acting Assistant Administrator for Equal Opportunity Programs until after the first of the year. "I know Jim will contribute much to our programs and do an exemplary job in this acting capacity until the new Assistant Administrator is on board," Gregory said.

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