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TOPIC:  Educating and Developing the next Generation of STEM Professionals


Perry Carter, Moderator

2012 NBDPA HBCU/MI Roundtable

2012 NBDPA HBCU/MI RoundtablePerry Carter is Director, Technical Alliances and Outreach with CSC’s (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) ISR Group in Hanover, Maryland where he supports small business strategic thrusts and ISR capture planning with small business partners, colleges, universities, and labs for CSC's mission partners.Perry also is the President of National BDPA’s Washington, D.C. Chapter, a 501(c)(3) integrated project team charged with developing stronger IT/Cyber workforce pipelines across all vertical markets and industry sectors. He directs public relations and government relations programs for community-based STEM-IC (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics--Intelligence and Cyber) programs, advanced computing competitions (Cyber Challenge, IT Showcase, and HSCC), corporate communications, and cyber security outreach initiatives with industry partners in the National Capital Region (NCR.) Perry is the founding publisher of bdpatoday.Prior to CSC, Perry was Regional Vice President and CIO for Tec-Masters, Inc. (TMI), in the Mid-Atlantic region, where he captured Navy and Marine Corps contracts, three (3) successive funded DoD Mentor–Protégé Program (MPP) agreements, and subcontracts with other government agencies. He also supported TMI's small and mid-sized business (SMB) and Historically Black College and University/Minority Serving Institution (HBCU/MSI) public sector engagements with DoD and other government agencies. Each of his firm’s DoD Protégés achieved ISO 9001-2008, Six Sigma, or CMMI Level III industry certifications respectively. At TMI, he was the primary liaison to supplier development councils (such as NMSDC and WBENC) and the HBCU/MI Project Office (HPO.) After graduating from Temple University and NROTC, Perry served as a Data Systems officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was an application developer, software quality assurance analyst, and VP/IT Director for SBA 8(a) small businesses. In other career roles, Perry served as an instructor at Marine Corps Computer Sciences School in Quantico, VA; Enlisted Assignment [Computer] Model (EAM) Manager at Headquarters Marine Corps; Director, Small Business Programs for Perot Systems Government Services; elected to successive terms as National Public Affairs Officer (PAO) for NNOA, and was a tutor with Joint Educational Facilities (JEF) in the District of Columbia. Perry also respectively served as MIS and IS Director for industry trade associations ITAA [now Tech America] and ITSA [Intelligent Transportation Society of America] in Washington.

Dr. Curtis Charles

Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Transformation, and Executive Director for the Center for Defense and Homeland Security

Dr. Curtis Charles – Academic Entrepreneur -- Dr. Charles completed his graduate studies in Architecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), undergraduate studies in Architecture from Howard University, PhD in Higher Education Administration from Morgan State University, and completed the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management (IEM); Hampton University Executive Leadership Summit, and AASCU Millennium Leadership Initiative (MLI).

Dr. Charles is the Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Institutional Transformation and Outreach, in the Office of the Chancellor . As the Executive Director of the Center for Defense and Homeland Security, Dr. Charles works with 22 interdisciplinary faculty, National Labs and industry partners to prepare the next generation of national security and disaster preparedness workforce by addressing issues of national priority to the security of the United States.

Before joining the Chancellor's Office, Dr. Charles served as the Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs with the responsibilities for strategic planning; institutional effectiveness (SACS); academic program development and review; specialized accreditation; international education, economic transformation (at the UNC and Campus levels) and outreach; the Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) preparedness; Title III Grant - Achieving Academic Excellence by Enhancing Academic Programs, Planning, and Assessment/Strengthening Faculty and Staff Development; military education; international education; Academic Affairs PACE (University of North Carolina President's Advisory Committee on Efficiency and Effectiveness); university-wide Assessment Advisory Committee; and Chair of the Ft. Bragg STEM Community Collaborative.

All of Dr. Charles' duties required that he provide overall leadership to direct and collaborate with the Vice Chancellors, Deans, Chairs and select executive administrators, in a complex and dynamic environment. In addition, his work requires that he collaborate with a wide range of external constituents building partnerships with business, government and philanthropic organizations.

Dr. Charles is the co-author of Computers in the Professional Practice of Design, McGraw Hill, and Multimedia Marketing for Design Firms, John Wiley and Sons, and has published several papers on higher education, accreditation, and architecture.

Prior to FSU, Dr. Charles worked as a Strategy and Change Executive Consultant with IBM Global Services; Chair of the Graduate and Undergraduate programs in Architecture at Morgan State University; entrepreneur and co-owner of Multimedia Interactive Technologies; and taught at University of Miami, Howard University, Barry University, and Morgan State University.

Von Richardson

Business Development Principal

Information Systems and Global Services

Brigadier General Velma "Von” Richardson, USA Retired, is the IS&GS Business Development Principal responsible for setting and managing the strategic direction of the Gulf Coast-based small business/college and university outreach and development program as well as its execution. In this position, she identifies, establishes, coordinates, and monitors challenges associated with implementing IS&GS innovation clusters at designated colleges and universities. Serving as a University Coordinator, she builds relationships with key colleges and universities for integration into the LM Internship Program and facilitates mentoring opportunities for university and small business partners. Prior to this position, she led the DoD Information Technology efforts in Lockheed Martin's Washington Operations unit where she supported Washington-based Department of Defense CIOs and other IT leaders in identifying priorities, increasing program visibility, taking new technology directions, and recommending innovative IT solutions as their missions evolved

H. (Hank) Harrison Valentine

CEO HBCU/MI Project Office 

Hank Harrison Valentine is Promoter and CEO of the HBCU/MI Project Office (HPO), formerly the HBCU/MI Research Alliance (HMIRA), founder of the HHV Group, and Senior Research Fellow, Office of the Provost at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. Hank applied for and was granted early retirement after 20-plus years of service with the IBM Corporation where he held several management positions in various Research and Development divisions. In addition to his managerial responsibilities, Hank held the following positions and made significant accomplishments which prepared him for his role within the HPO. These experience included but are not limited to Adjunct Visiting Scientist and Adjunct Professor for multiple universities, Executive Director for the Advanced Distributed Simulation Research Consortium (ADSRC), Chief Technical Staffer – Assigned to the IBM-Germany’s European Team as the Voice & Data Integration Program, and Software Systems Architect, Designer, and Program Manager withIBM Development Labs. It is this experience which has positioned Hank to lead the HPO to its now current position as a leading arbitrator between educational institutions and businesses both small and large. After retiring from IBM and an international assignment to help architect the Eurocontrol’s Air Traffic Services modernization program entitled "Enhanced Air Traffic Management and Mode S Implementation in Europe (EASIE) Communication and Router,” Hank embarked on his personal mission to help minority students develop the skills necessary for engaging in business effectively with industries and in communicating with a diverse work force. His organization, the HPO, places students and faculty in a working and learning environment with leading scientists, researchers, and corporate executives and, supports on-campus employment for research and development projects.

David Wilson, Ed.D

Morgan State University President

Dr. David Wilson, the 12th president of Morgan State University, has a long record of accomplishment and more than 30 years of experience in higher education administration. Dr. Wilson holds four academic degrees: a B.S. in political science and an M.S. in education from Tuskegee University; an Ed.M. in educational planning and administration from Harvard University and an Ed.D. in administration, planning and social policy, also from Harvard. He came to Morgan from the University of Wisconsin, where he was chancellor of both University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin–Extension. Before that, he held numerous other administrative posts in academia, including: vice president for University Outreach and associate provost at Auburn University, and associate provost of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey.

Dr. Wilson's tenure as Morgan's president, which began on July 1, 2010, already has been characterized by great gains for the university. Among the many highlights: a record one-year enrollment increase during the 2010–11 academic year; procurement of the university's largest-ever research contract, a $28.5-million, five-year contract from NASA; inclusion of Morgan as one of the recipients of a $129-million energy innovation research grant to Penn State University; the launch of an aggressive initiative to maintain excellence in customer service and improve the information technology infrastructure on campus; new construction on campus valued at $234 million; signing of articulation agreements with several two-year colleges, bringing Morgan bachelor's degrees to their campuses; approval of Morgan's first off campus baccalaureate program by the State of Maryland; establishment of Morgan's first online degree program; a significant expansion of study abroad opportunities for Morgan students and the continuation of Morgan's tradition of producing Fulbright Scholars: two students and one professor in 2011.

Dr. Wilson has authored 2 books and more than 20 articles published in scholarly journals. Among the many honors and recognitions he has received for his work: he was named one of the nation's top 100 leaders in higher education by the American Association of Higher Education in 1998, was selected as one of The Daily Record newspaper's Influential Marylanders for 2011, and was honored by the University of Alabama with an award for outstanding leadership in engaged scholarship in April 2011. Dr. Wilson serves on the Boards of Directors of the Greater Baltimore Committee and the United Way of Central Maryland and on the Governing Board of the Maryland Longitudinal Data System Center. He is a member of the Maryland Humanities Council — appointed by Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley — and the P-20 Leadership Council of Maryland. In February 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him to his 11-member Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Wilson's achievements as leader of Maryland's Public Urban University have clearly been strong, but it is the character he brings to the presidency, a character shaped by the intangibles of his background, that is perhaps most impressive of all. Dr. Wilson grew up with ten siblings on a sharecropper farm outside the small town of McKinley, Ala. Through hard work, tenacity and the encouragement of his father and his teachers, he became the first person in his family to attend college.

Dr. Wilson's educational philosophy is to put the students' experience first. As a leader, he is a consensus builder and a strong believer in transparency of process. His goal is to make Morgan a leader in producing the next wave of innovators in the U.S.

"I've always tried to create an atmosphere where I work so people don't see what they do as a job,” he says. "It's a calling.”

Growing the Future !

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Hubert Harris

Virginia State Assistant Vice President & CIO

Hubert D. Harris serves as the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of Virginia State University (VSU). As CIO, Hubert is leading the University 's transformation into a digital campus where future VSU students will use any computing device, at any time, and from anywhere to take University courses and transact business with the University. Hubert has successfully implemented projects in a variety of industries within the public and private sectors. He has 25 years of experience in software development in various roles; including Programmer, Systems Analyst, Technical Architect, Project Management, and IT management. Hubert has been employed with the Commonwealth of Virginia for nearly ten years.

Prior to joining the Commonwealth, Hubert was employed as a Senior Technology Manager with Accenture (formerly known as Andersen Consulting), IT Architect for IBM Global Services and Managing Principal Consultant for the Business Intelligence Division of Informix Software. Hubert holds a certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) by the Project Management Institute. In addition, Hubert holds a Master of Business Administration and a Master of Science in Management degree with a specialization in Project Management from the University of Maryland University College.

Hubert participates as an advisor and guest speaker for the BDPA Student Chapter at Virginia State University. Previously, Mr. Harris served as President of the Richmond, VA chapter of BDPA and as a trainer for the Richmond's High School Computer Competition team throughout the 1990s.


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