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NASA Announces New Associate Administrator for Education

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, October 29, 2002

Administrator Sean O'Keefe announced Dr. Adena Williams Loston, The Administrator's Senior Advisor for Education, as the Associate Administrator for Education at NASA Headquarters in Washington, effective Oct. 28. She will be responsible for guiding NASA's efforts to organize and enhance agency education programs.

Loston served as the Administrator's Senior Education Advisor since September 2002. Prior to her appointment, she was with the San Jacinto, Texas College District serving as president of San Jacinto College South in Houston for five years.

"We have a responsibility to enlighten and inspire a new generation of scientists, engineers and technologists," Administrator O'Keefe said making the announcement. "Adena is uniquely qualified to help lead this initiative. 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." An important NASA mission objective is to inspire the next generation of explorers. While national demand for professionals trained in mathematics, science, engineering and technology fields is increasing, student interest 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.

Additional information about NASA's education program is available on the Internet:

http://education.nasa.gov/

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