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Veteran astronaut joins Center for Pre-College Programs board at NJIT

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The Center for Pre-College Programs at New Jersey Institute of Technology announced that Bernard Harris has been named an honorary member of its advisory board.

CPCP, established in 1979, increases access to scientific and technological fields among traditionally underrepresented populations and improves the teaching of science and mathematics in secondary and elementary schools.

Harris was the first African-American to walk in space as payload commander on Space Shuttle Discovery STS-63 in 1995. He is the founder of The Harris Foundation, which co-funds the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

“Dr. Harris has demonstrated a longstanding commitment to CPCP through the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp, which has given students another look at space and science, for more than 10 years now,” said Jacqueline Cusack, CPCP executive director. “Having his membership on the Advisory Board will enhance the prestige of CPCP and the work that we do for our students.”

In addition to his decade-long tenure at NASA, Harris has more than 20 years of business experience, serving in various leadership and board-of-director roles at a variety of companies. He currently is CEO and managing partner of Vesalius Ventures Inc. and recently was named the new CEO, effective mid-2018, of the National Math and Science Initiative.

“I am truly honored to be asked to be a member of NJIT's Center for Pre-College's Advisory Board,” said Dr. Harris. “I have spent over 20 years advocating for increasing access for traditionally underrepresented populations into scientific and technological fields. Being part of this board is a vital part of my mission for the nation.”

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Emily Bader

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Emily Bader is the Web Editor and Social Media Coordinator at NJBIZ. She is a Brielle, N.J. native and a Rutgers University alum. You can contact her at emilyb@njbiz.com.

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