Professor Is Distinguished Guest For Leaders-To-Sea

May 04, 2011

Newberry, SC - Dr. Lisa Waller, assistant professor of education at Newberry College, has been selected as a participant in the U.S. Navy’s Leaders-to-Sea program which educates leaders from all sectors – corporate, civic, government, education, non-profit, and service – on the collaboration that takes place among the Navy’s key players. Waller is the first Newberry professor to receive this rare opportunity to experience life on a nuclear aircraft carrier.

“Very few civilians have the privilege of seeing the Navy team work in action, and I’m honored to be chosen for this once-in-a-lifetime experience,” Dr. Waller said. “Through this program, I will see the diverse and talented leadership in action, and will experience what these men and women do to protect and defend our country.”

After being nominated by a Navy civilian, Waller submitted her curriculum vitae and was chosen to participate specifically in the “Educators-to-Sea” program, a sub-category that covers the full cost of traveling for educators. She will depart on May 10 to join the ranks of over 5,000 men and women on the U.S.S. John C. Stennis warship currently sailing in the Pacific Ocean. Also present will be other educators and leaders to witness flight operations, visit the bridge and interact with crew members onboard.

“We’re ecstatic to have one of our own learning about the unified leadership of the U.S. Navy,” Newberry College President Dr. V. Scott Koerwer said. “Her experience will provide a unique opportunity to see this incredible group in action, and will provide her with valuable lessons to spread to the students, faculty, staff, and community of Newberry College.”

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