FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 14, 2009
OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) announced the addition of Major General Alice Astafan to its Board of Directors during its 64th annual meeting of the ORAU Council of Sponsoring Institutions. The board provides policy and fiduciary oversight of ORAU operations for its membership.
Astafan retired from the U.S. Air Force in 1998 at the rank of major general and is currently president and CEO of AAstafan and Associates, a consultant firm for government and industry. She retired in 2008 as CEO of The Federal Technology Center (The FTC), located in North Highlands, Calif. She continues to serve on the board of directors for this not-for-profit public benefit California Corporation, which serves as a scientific and educational link between public technology resources, government contracting agencies, small businesses and academic institutions.
â€œAs the former CEO of The Federal Technology Center where we served as a partnership intermediary for a federal laboratory, I look forward to using my time, talent and hopefully, some expertise to serve as a board member for ORAU,â€ said Astafan.
In 2008, Astafan was elected as chairperson of the California Veterans Board which serves 2.1 million veterans in California. She is also a member of the six-state Southwest Defense Alliance, a group working to preserve and enhance critical defense missions and assets in the southwest United States. Astafanâ€™s past service includes work with the following organizations: member of the National Advisory Committee for the Federal Laboratory Consortium; member of the External Research Advisory Board, University of California, Davis; Eskaton Corporation board of directors; chair of the Eskaton Foundation; Air Force Association Chapter 116 board of directors; and board of directors of the Sacramento Medical Foundation.
Astafan graduated from the following military schools: Squadron Officersâ€™ School; Air Command and Staff; and Air War College. During part of General Astafanâ€™s thirty-plus years of military service she was the highest ranking woman military officer in the nation. Awards and decorations during her military experience include the following: Defense Superior Service Medal; Legion of Merit; Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters; and Air Force Commendation Medal and Outstanding Unit Award.
ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).