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Houston College President Selected as Senior NASA Education Advisor

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Friday, September 20, 2002

Administrator Sean O'Keefe today announced Dr. Adena Williams Loston, President of San Jacinto College South in Houston, as the Senior Advisor for Education at NASA Headquarters in Washington, effective next month.

Loston has been with San Jacinto College District for five years, serving as President of San Jacinto College South. She will be responsible for guiding NASA's efforts to organize and enhance its education program.

"We have a responsibility to enlighten and inspire a new generation of scientists, engineers and technologists," Administrator O'Keefe said in making the announcement. "Adena is uniquely qualified to advise us on this important endeavor. As an administrator, teacher and a leader in education, her expertise is needed here in Washington as we continue to develop NASA's unique educational programs. We are delighted she has accepted the call to public service."

An important NASA mission objective is to inspire the next generation of explorers. While national demand for professionals trained in mathematics, science and technology fields is increasing, enrollment in higher education in these fields has declined.

While President of San Jacinto College South, Loston was responsible for providing the leadership in establishing the institutional vision, leading various change initiatives, engaging the institution in strategic planning, and ensuring institutional effectiveness.

She has received numerous awards during her career, including the Distinguished Alumni Award in Higher Education from Alcorn State University, Miss., the Shirley B. Gordan International Presidential Award of Distinction, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education, Presidential Award.

Loston is a member of numerous professional associations. She is a graduate of Alcorn State University and received her Master of Education degree and doctorate in Educational Administration and Supervision from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.

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