President Obama nominates former football player Howard to education post

March 22, 2011

President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Chris Howard, a 1991 Air Force Academy graduate, as a member of the National Security Education Board. Howard was one of five recently nominated individuals for administration posts. The nominees follow:

Christopher B. Howard, Member, National Security Education Board Dereth Glance, Commissioner, International Joint Commission, Department of State Rich Moy, Commissioner, International Joint Commission, Department of State Daniel B. Shapiro, Ambassador to Israel, Department of State Ben S. Bernanke, U.S. Alternate Governor, International Monetary Fund

President Obama said, "These fine public servants bring both a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their new roles. Our nation will be well-served by these individuals, and I look forward to working with them in the months and years to come."

Howard is the twenty-fourth President of Hampden-Sydney College located near Richmond, Virginia. From 2005-2009 he served as the Vice President for Leadership & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma (OU). Prior to his position at OU, Dr. Howard worked in General Electric's Corporate Initiatives Group and in international project management, sales, marketing and strategic planning at Bristol-Myers Squibb. He remains a reserve Air Force Lieutenant Colonel, earned a bronze star for his military service in Afghanistan, and is currently the Reserve Air Attaché to Liberia. He is a co-founder and trustee of the Impact Young Lives Foundation, a not-for-profit organization that provides travel opportunities and mentors for disadvantaged South African university students. Dr. Howard is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, an Aspen Institute Henry Crown Fellow and a member of the Association of American Rhodes Scholars Board of Trustees. Dr. Howard holds an M. Phil. and D. Phil. from the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar, an MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School, and a B.S. from the Air Force Academy. Howard was also a two-year letter winner on the football team while at the Academy.



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