For release: 06/26/03
Release #: 03-100
Charles Scales, director of the Marshall Center Equal Opportunity Office, has been named a distinguished alumnus by the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. The honor recognizes graduates of historically and predominantly black colleges and universities for their service to country, community, colleges and universities.Photo: Scales (NASA/MSFC)
The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education has honored Charles H. Scales as a Distinguished Alumnus for 2003. Scales is director of the Equal Opportunity Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
Each year the association salutes approximately 150 of the nearly 1 million graduates of historically and predominantly black colleges and universities for their service to country, community, colleges and universities. Scales was recognized during a ceremony in Washington, D.C.
Scales is responsible for Marshall Center's comprehensive program to ensure equal opportunity for all civil service and contractor employees, based on merit and fitness and without discrimination.
Scales began his NASA career in 1973 as a cooperative education student in Marshall's Management Services Office while attending Alabama A&M University in Huntsville. He earned a bachelor's degree in general business, and joined the Marshall Center as a telecommunications specialist in 1975.
For more than two decades he worked in program control, facilities, resources management, information systems and business management at the Marshall Center. He was appointed deputy director of the Equal Opportunity Office in 1996 and was named director of the office in 1997.
Scales has received several NASA honors, including the Space Flight Leadership Award, NASA's Exceptional Service Medal and the Silver Snoopy Award — awarded by the astronaut corps for dedication in support of the Space Shuttle program.
He is active in the Huntsville community, serving in leadership positions with the American Red Cross, Alabama A&M University Athletics Community Resource Group, Rotary Club of Huntsville, Leadership Huntsville/Madison County, Boy Scouts, and Center Grove United Methodist Church.
Scales, a native of Livingston, Ala., graduated from Livingston High School in 1971. He is the son of Harriett Scales and the late Comie Scales of Livingston.
The National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education works to implement programs that affect minority enrollment in historically black colleges and universities across the United States and the U.S. Virgin Islands. For more information about the association, visit the Web site:
For supporting materials for this news release — such as photographs — please visit the NASA Marshall Center Newsroom Web site at:
Get releases sent directly to you!