Friday Named Executive of the Year Elbert W. Friday Jr., director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS), was named 1993 Executive of the Year by the Federal Executive Institute Alumni Association (FEIAA). Friday received the award at the FEIAA Annual Conference in Reston, Virginia, on 4 February The award honors executive leadership of an organization that produces substantial, innovative achievements, resulting in high- quality public service. The Federal Executive Institute is one of the primary educational institutions for developing executive leaders in federal, state, and local governments. Friday received his B.S. with special distinction in engineering physics from the University of Oklahoma in 1961. He was selected for a U.S. Air Force scholarship in 1966 and completed his M.S. and Ph.D. in meteorology from the University of Oklahoma in 1967 and 1969. He was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Command and Staff College in 1972 and graduated from the Air War College in Friday was named deputy director of the NWS in September 1981 and was appointed assistant administrator for weather services of NOAA and director of the NWS in March 1988. In his current position, Friday is responsible for the policy, direction, and adminstration of the day-to-day activities of the NWS, resolving operational and technical management problems, generally maintaining surveillance over operations, and ensuring the timely and adequate implementation of established goals. Prior to joining the NWS, Friday completed a 20-year career in the U.S. Air Force. He was promoted to the rank of colonel in 1977 and served four years as the director of environmental and life sciences in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. He also served as weather detachment commander in Saigon, Vietnam, and Nakhon Phanom, Thailand, and held positions at the Air Force Global Weather Central and Headquarters Air Weather Service. Friday is a Fellow of the AMS. He serves as the U.S. permanent representative to the World Meteorological Organization. He was recently recognized as one of the University of Oklahoma's distinguished alumni. Notice to OurMembers If your chapter has had an exceptional speaker, traveled on field trips, initiated community or school projects, or participated in local science fairs, or if you know of any AMS members who have won an award, completed a project, received a promotion or new position, or retired, share it with Bulletin readers. Submit a brief write up and photograph to Bulletin News Editor, AMS, 45 Beacon St., Boston, MA 02108-3693. Vol. 75, No. 3, March 1994
Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society – American Meteorological Society
Published: Mar 1, 1994
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