Nov. 5, 2002
NTSB Academy Names Dean, Construction of New Facility
at GWs Virginia Campus Continues
TWA Flight 800's Fuselage To Be Housed at Facility
As bricks and steel beams form the new National
Transportation Safety Boards Academy at GWs Virginia Campus,
the academic infrastructure will be built by Frank Richey, who was appointed
president and academic dean.
After 20 years at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Richey now will
be responsible for academic administration, curriculum planning, course
development, communications, strategic planning, and financial operations.
Im honored to be selected to lead the new NTSB Academy,
Richey says. I look forward to this challenging position because
its gives the NTSB an opportunity to make the worlds best accident
investigators even better by boosting their training and skills. Since
we will soon be a major asset to The George Washington Universitys
Virginia Campus, we envision developing a stronger partnership with
the University. As the academy develops and expands, our goal is make
it a center for excellence to improve transportation safety worldwide.
Scheduled to open in summer 2003, the academys mission is to provide
comprehensive education and training to those who improve safety by
conducting independent transportation accident investigations. Another
dimension of the academy will be family assistance courses, helping
NTSB employees counsel victims relatives after tragedies.
GW and the NTSB signed a 20-year lease in July 2001 to use the facility
on previously-owned University property. The state-of-the-art, 72,000-square-foot,
two-level facility will contain five classrooms, an outside simulations
court, meeting rooms, and student and teacher work areas. The building
also will house a large laboratory for the three-dimensional, 93-foot
reconstruction of the forward portion of TWA Flight 800 aircrafts
fuselage. Reconstructing the Boeing 747s fuselage, which weighs
60,000 pounds, is the largest aircraft reconstruction in civil aviation
I am pleased with the partnership between the NTSB and GW, and
we look forward to the opening of the academy on our campus next July,
says John Wilson, executive dean of the Virginia Campus. There
is little question that the academy will add strength and dimension
to our growing expertise in transportation safety and security. Accordingly,
Dr. Richey and I have the wonderful task of working together on a common
agenda that is vital to our county, our nation, and our world.
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