FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 17, 2020
For more information, contact:
Becky Porter, Military Child Education Coalition
Becky.Porter@MilitaryChild.org or (254) 953-1923 x 1109
MCEC Announces New Board of Directors Chair
HARKER HEIGHTS, TX – Today, the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) announced a change in its Board of Directors, with retired Navy Admiral Cecil D. Haney replacing retired Air Force General William M. Fraser III as Chair. Admiral Haney assumes his position on July 17, 2020.
During his four years as Chair, General Fraser played a key role in the growth of MCEC as a global nonprofit organization focused exclusively on the well-being and needs of America’s approximately four million military and veteran-connected children, specifically in the areas of academic opportunity and excellence, school transition support, and developmental needs.
General Fraser is a proven strategic leader and highly decorated officer who served as one of nine Combatant Commanders as well as the Air Force Vice Chief of Staff. During 40 years of service, he held a variety of demanding command and staff positions. He has led large-scale, diverse, global organizations where he earned a stellar reputation as a motivational leader, strategic thinker and change agent who delivered solutions to the most complex challenges. He continued his lifetime of service to this country and its military by serving as Chair of the MCEC Board of Directors.
“We can’t thank General Fraser enough for his years of dedicated, faithful and selfless service, to MCEC and our country,” said Dr. Becky Porter, MCEC President and Chief Executive Officer. “He provided invaluable counsel during the CEO transition of the organization. His leadership, guidance and, above all, commitment to children, is deeply appreciated.”
Admiral Haney commanded the US Strategic Command and the US Pacific Fleet. A four-star Admiral with 38 years of distinguished military service, Admiral Haney had the opportunity to lead large organizations, develop and execute strategic and operational plans, manage substantial budgets, interface with political and international leaders, and facilitate teamwork and training. His deep experience collaborating with government, commercial, and international entities alongside academic, research and development organizations will ensure strong leadership and guidance to MCEC and its mission. He now serves on the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Board of Managers, the Naval Studies Board, the Senior Advisory Council for Aerospace’s Center for Space Policy and Strategy, the Board of Directors for General Dynamics Corporation, Systems Planning and Analysis Inc., and the Center for a New American Security. Working for the Institute for Defense Analysis, he also serves as a mentor for the Bush Fellows Research Study Team.
“On behalf of our Board of Directors and the entire MCEC community, I want to extend a hearty welcome to Admiral Haney. The entire team is excited about the selection of such an esteemed leader,” expressed Dr. Porter. John Ballantyne, MCEC Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer said, “His years of service and experience in diverse command and leadership positions will bring benefits to MCEC as an organization and to the military and veteran-connected children we serve.”
The Military Child Education Coalition serves the children of those who serve us all and encourages efforts that strengthen our military children and ensure opportunities for their quality education.
Founded in 1998, the Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®) is a 501(c)(3) global, nonprofit leadership and advocacy organization focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for America’s approximately four million military and veteran-connected children affected by mobility, transition, deployments and family separations. For more information, visit www.MilitaryChild.org.