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Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release November 28, 2000

     The President today announced his intent to designate Tom D. Crouch

as Chair and appoint Todd M. Hamilton, Martha King, John Howard Morrow, Jr., and Kathryn D. Sullivan as members of the First Flight Centennial Federal Advisory Board.

Dr. Tom D. Crouch, of Fairfax, Virginia, is one of the nation's leading authorities on the Wright Brothers and the author of several award-winning books on the early history of flight. An employee of the Smithsonian Institution since 1974, Dr. Crouch has served both at the National Air and Space Museum (NASM) and at the National Museum of American History (NMAH) in a variety of curatorial and administrative posts. He is presently employed as Senior Curator of Aeronautics with the National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Crouch received a B.A. in history from Ohio University, an M.A. in history from Miami University, and a Ph.D. in American history from Ohio State University.

Mr. Todd M. Hamilton, of New York, New York, is Chief Executive Officer and owner of Computerized Aircraft Maintenance Program (CAMP) Systems International, LLC, the largest provider of aircraft maintenance tracking services in the world. Under his leadership, CAMP has grown from a maintenance document management company to a web-enabled and fully integrated, single-source service and information provider to the aviation industry. Mr. Hamilton has been responsible for the industry's first web-enabled maintenance tracking, inventory control, and flight scheduling system. From 1990 to 1992, Mr. Hamilton was co-owner and President of Varsity Aviation, an aircraft charter company operating out of Denver's Centennial Airport. He also serves on the board of Greyrock Capital Partners, on CAE Flight Training Company, and as a member of the Professional Aviation Maintenance Association, the National Business Aviation Association, and the Young President's Organization. Mr. Hamilton received a B.A. in Finance from the University of Denver.

Ms. Martha King, of San Diego, California, is co-chairman and co-owner of King Schools, Inc., the world's leading producer of aviation training videos and multimedia programs. In the early 1970's, Ms. King and her husband, John King, began flying small airplanes to increase their personal flexibility in business. Today, flying is now their business and they co-own and co-operate King Schools, Inc. which has produced more than five million videos with over nine million hours of video instruction. Ms. King serves as talent on the videos, develops new projects, and flies airplanes, helicopters, and a blimp regularly. Ms. King is also the first woman to hold every pilot category and class rating as well as every flight and ground instructor rating offered by the FAA. Ms. King volunteers with the FAA's National Aviation Safety Program in producing safety programs. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the San Diego Aerospace Museum. Ms. King received a B.A. with Distinction in Comparative Literature from Indiana University.

Dr. John Howard Morrow, Jr., of Athens, Georgia, is Franklin Professor of History at the University of Georgia. Dr. Morrow joined the faculty of the University of Georgia in 1988 and in 1991 was elected history department head, the first African American department head in the Arts and Sciences at the University of Georgia. He served as Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences from 1993 to 1995 before returning to full-time teaching and research. Previously in 1971, Dr. Morrow became the first African American faculty member in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where he taught for seventeen years. Dr. Morrow has written several books on military aviation and is presently writing a history of the First World War. Dr. Morrow was also the Charles A. Lindbergh Visiting Professor from 1988 to 1989 at the National Air and Space Museum, where he consulted on the design of the present gallery on World War I aviation. Dr. Morrow earned his B.A. with Honors in History from Swarthmore College and his Ph.D. in Modern European History from the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, of Columbus, Ohio, is President and Chief Executive Officer of the Center of Science and Industry (COSI), a national leader in innovative, interactive science museums providing eight major Learning Worlds, three theater attractions, a retail store, restaurant, an outdoor science park, exhibit galleries, and the world's only high wire unicycle. Prior to her current position at COSI, Dr. Sullivan served as Chief Scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under both the Bush and Clinton Administrations. In 1978, Dr. Sullivan became a NASA Mission Specialist Astronaut and flew three Shuttle missions logging more than 500 hours in space over the course of fourteen years. While still at NASA, Dr. Sullivan joined the Naval Reserve in 1988 with a direct commission into the Oceanography program and designation as Naval Astronaut Specialist. Dr. Sullivan is also an Adjunct Professor of Geological Sciences and an Adjunct Professor at the College of Education at The Ohio State University. Dr. Sullivan is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz and earned her Ph.D. in geology from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, specializing in deep-sea research.

The Centennial of Flight Commemoration Act of 1998 (P. L. 105-389) established the First Flight Centennial Federal Advisory Board (FFCFAB). The purpose of the FFCFAB is to advise the Centennial Flight Commission (CFC) on matters related to assisting in commemoration of the centennial of powered flight and the achievements of Orville and Wilbur Wright. December 12, 2003 is the 100th anniversary of the Wright brother's achievement.