Julian Earls, the director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, was named president of Alabama A&M University last week. Trustees unanimously selected Earls over two other candidates to head the historically Black school.
Earls was the first member of his family to attend college. In his interview, he compared A&M to his undergraduate experience in the early 1960s at Norfolk State University in Virginia, also a historically Black school.
“Had there been no Norfolk State, I would not have gone to college,” Earls says.
Earls, who will be the 10th president of the 130-year-old school, replaces John Gibson, who resigned under pressure in February.
Earls was appointed director of the Glenn Research Center two years ago. He managed a yearly budget of about $773 million and oversaw a workforce of about 3,200 government employees and contractors.
— Associated Press
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