Former NASA administrator, LSU Chancellor Sean O'Keefe joins National Advisory Board
For release: Nov. 9, 2009
Former NASA administrator and LSU chancellor Sean O'Keefe is joining the National Advisory Board of Community Renewal International, based in Shreveport, La.
"I am most pleased to help and honored to be a part of this important effort," said O'Keefe, just named as chief executive officer of EADS North America, the North American operation of EADS, a global leader in aerospace, defense and related services.
O'Keefe has extensive leadership, government management and policy experience. He is a former Secretary of the Navy, Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Defense, Deputy Assistant to the President, and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget. Since March 2008, he has served as a corporate officer of the General Electric Company and Vice President of General Electric Aviation's Washington Operations.
Previous to GE, O'Keefe was Chancellor of Louisiana State University. Between public service appointments, he was Pennsylvania State University's Professor of Business Administration and Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Research, and Dean of the Graduate School.
The national advisory board oversees the Center for Community Renewal, now in Phase Two of its development - design of the building, development of the curriculum and marketing. When it's complete, the Center will be an environmentally friendly and energy efficient green building. It will serve as a comprehensive facility providing training and technical support for civic leaders from throughout the world who want to apply the Community Renewal model in their city.
Community Renewal International brings together caring partners to make our world a home in which every child is safe and loved. The organization connects caring partners who rebuild positive relationships and turn their neighborhoods into safe havens of friendship and support. Since its founding, CRI has touched the lives of more than 2,100 at-risk youth. More than 40,000 people have joined the "We Care" team and more than 1,000 have been trained to serve as Haven House leaders who help renew the city one neighbor and one city block at a time.
Community Renewal International is a nonprofit effort to restore safe and healthy communities through caring relationships. Founded in 1994, Community Renewal reaches at-risk youth through Friendship Houses built in impoverished neighborhoods, strengthens education through the Adult Renewal Academy, partners with The Fuller Center for Housing and connects caring partners who turn their neighborhoods into safe havens of friendship and support.
Contact: David Westerfield, director of communications