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Sonja Alexander
Headquarters, Washington
(Phone: 202/358-1761)

May 7, 2003
RELEASE : 03-159
Senior NASA Official Receives Achievement Award
NASA's Assistant Administrator, Office of Equal Opportunity Programs, Dr Dorothy Hayden-Watkins will be honored Friday at the University of Nebraska (UNL) Alumni Association Banquet at the Champions Club, Lincoln, Nebraska.

This prestigious award is given to those individuals that have succeeded beyond the call of duty in both their professional and personal accomplishments. Hayden-Watkins' career spans more than 25 years. She is an author, public affairs talk show host and lecturer. Hayden-Watkins has chaired and served as an independent director on a variety of boards and commissions.

Hayden-Watkins joined NASA in January. She provides guidance and planning to help NASA strengthen the agency's workforce and expand cultural diversity. Hayden-Watkins will meet with UNL officials to share information about NASA's collaboration with internal and external partners to enhance education and career opportunities for minorities, women, and people with disabilities in science and space exploration.

Prior to coming to NASA, Hayden-Watkins was the principal of Hayden-Watkins & Associates. The executive consulting firm provided technical advice and services in planning, implementing and evaluating diversity and equal opportunity programs.

Hayden-Watkins has a Ph.D in Community and Human Resources and a master's in Education and Administration from the University of Nebraska. Her B.A. is in Social Science and English from the University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, Colo.

Her complete biography and additional information about the NASA's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs is available on the Internet at:


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