Tuesday, March 8, 2011

March 2011: ECSU celebrates 120th Founders Day

ECSU celebrates 120th Founders Day on March 11

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE--- Elizabeth City State University will celebrate the 120th Founders Day at 10:00 am on March 11, 2011 with the annual assembly in the auditorium of the Mickey L. Burnim Fine Arts Center. Dr. Roger Hathaway, director of the Office of Education for NASA Langley Research Center is the speaker.

Hathaway provides leadership and policy guidance for formal and informal education programs. These exceptional education programs include pre-college, higher education, distance learning and network, adult learning, and informal education.

In 1972, Hathaway began his career as a middle school teacher for Hampton City Schools, Hampton, Virginia, where he taught Vocational and Technical education, hosted the school’s first Career Club, and served as a football and basketball assistant coach. He began his career at NASA Langley in 1979 representing first Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia as an Education Assistant and then as an Aerospace Specialist representing Oklahoma State University. During that time he also worked as an Education Specialist for Bionetic's Corporation in Hampton, Va. In these positions, he traveled across the United States representing NASA at major air-shows and technical conventions speaking to schools, universities, and to the general public about NASA research and development programs.

Hathaway began his federal career in 1983 as an Education Specialist at NASA Langley in the Office of Public Services. In this capacity, he was responsible for conducting education activities throughout Langley's five-state service region which includes: North Carolina, South Carolina, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia. In 1991, he was appointed the NASA Pre-College Officer in Langley's Office of Education. As pre-college officer he administered the Aerospace Education Specialist Program, the Summer High School Research Apprenticeship Summer Program, Distance Learning programs, and a host of special events and related activities. In 1993, he served as an Executive Officer's Special Assistant in the Office of the Administrator in Washington, D.C. where he assisted with the technical and administrative leadership of the agency.

Hathaway received two NASA Honor Awards and a host of other awards. In 1992 he was the recipient of NASA Equal Employment Opportunity Medal for Exemplary Support for the Minority Programs at NASA Langley. In 2005, he was the recipient of an Exceptional Service Award for Leadership and Management of NASA University Programs. Hathaway serves as the NASA Advisor to the Virginia and North Carolina Space Grant Consortium's, Advisor to St. Paul's College Board of Trustee's, and many more university committees.

Hathaway holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Industrial Arts Education from Elizabeth City State University (1972), a Masters in Education Supervision from Virginia State University (1977), Petersburg, Virginia. He received his Honorary Doctorate degree in Public Administration, from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (2006), Princess Anne, Maryland.

Hathaway is a native of Edenton, North Carolina, and resides in Hampton, Virginia. He and his wife, Ida, have a son, Marcus, a daughter-in-law and two grandsons.

Contact: Kesha Williams
Director of Media Relations
ECSU Office of University Relations and Marketing
Elizabeth City State University
Elizabeth City, North Carolina 27909

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