Astronaut Leland Melvin honors CIAA champions (39893)

Leland Melvin, NASA’s associate administrator for education, joined the celebration in honoring this year’s 2011 All-CIAA football team, rookie team and selected Players of the Year.

Melvin, who has logged more than 565 hours in space, is responsible for the development and implementation of the agency’s education programs, which strengthen student involvement and public awareness about NASA’s scientific goals and missions. He leads the agency in inspiring interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) through NASA’s unique mission, workforce, facilities, research and innovations.

Melvin, who was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 1989 NFL draft, currently serves on the White House National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on STEM Education, chairs NASA’s Education Coordinating Committee and is the United States representative and chair of the International Space Education Board.

Winston-Salem State University beat Elizabeth City State University for the CIAA championship in Durham, N.C.