DeJongh names NASA CIO to lead UVI's Tech Park board
Published: August 17, 2012
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ST. THOMAS - Gov. John deJongh Jr. has appointed Adrian Gardner to the University of the Virgin Islands' Research and Technology Park board.
Gardner spent several years living and attending school on St. Croix between the seventh and 11th grades, when his father was an Army advisor to the V.I. National Guard.
He currently serves as Chief Information Officer and Director of the Information and Technology Communications Directorate for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, managing the Center's information technology assets and mission network infrastructure.
Formerly, Gardner served as Chief Information Officer of the National Weather Service. He has held several senior positions in the past at the U.S. Department of Energy.
The governor said he believes Gardner's involvement in the tech park is a good indication to many students that their interest in science, math and rocketry has practical applications. Gardner's recent work at NASA will encourage science, technology, engineering and mathematics students to continue to explore these areas, deJongh said.
Gardner said that as a board member he plans to encourage industry in the Virgin Islands, increase outreach to members of the private sector interested in working in the Caribbean, and help build a robust infrastructure to support communications during emergencies.
Gardner holds a bachelor's degree from the Tuskegee Institute, a master's of science degree from Hood College in Maryland, a master's of public administration from the University of Southern California, an honorary Doctorate in Human Letters from Hood College and he is currently working on a doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California.
Tech park board members serve at the pleasure of the governor for a maximum term of five years. Gardner's appointment became effective Aug. 3.