Dr. Freeman Biographical Information

Dr. Freeman previously was Vice President and Chief Operations Officer for Integra Ventures, Inc, responsible for developing a corporate business base in educational research andDr. Yvonne B Freeman program development, and with colleagues from the Morehouse School of Medicine, collaborated with medical faculty in the design of diagnostic technologies and training protocols that support telemedicine as a tool to improve medical and health care management. She served as Vice President for Science and Technology, Morehouse School of Medicine; Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Clark Atlanta University; and Associate Administrator for Equal Opportunity Programs, National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

She has been: Manager of the Minority Science and Engineering Initiatives Office at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology; Manager of NASA’s Minority University Program; Special Assistant to the Director, Civil Rights, Office of Advocacy and Enterprise, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Education Officer, Africa Bureau, Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of State; Deputy Director, Minority Research and Teaching Programs, Office of Grants and Program Systems, USDA; appointed first Chief, University Affairs Staff, USDA, Office of Equal Opportunity; Assistant Superintendent for Administration in the Montclair (New Jersey) Public Schools; Assistant Director, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, NCATE; and Post Doctoral Policy Fellow, Institute for Educational Leadership, George Washington University. As NASA Associate Administrator from 1993 to 1996, Dr. Freeman, a member of the Senior Executive Service was the highest ranking African American female in NASA in the United States. She provided executive leadership in the development of equal employment opportunity and minority education programs and established state of the art research Centers in Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and other institutions with a predominance of minority enrollment.

She managed $120 million NASA Enterprises of which $80 million supported education and research program allocations, including scholarship and fellowship programs to support research centers at seven minority institutions. She received the BA degree from Fisk University, Master of Education from Loyola University at Los Angeles, and Doctor of Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also is a graduate of the Executive Management in Business Administration Program at UCLA, John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management. She holds honorary doctorates from Bowie State University, Maryland (Humane Letters); University of Maryland Eastern Shore (Laws); and North Carolina A&T; State University (Humanities).

Her honors include the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education Leadership Award, the Morehouse College Presidential Award of Distinction, and NASA’s Group Achievement Award, Senior Executive Distinguished Service Award, and Medal for Outstanding Leadership. She was recognized by Black Engineer Magazine in 2005 as among 50 Most Important Blacks in Technology and in 2006, as among the 100 Most Important Blacks in Technology and the Tuskegee University 2007 Award of Excellence for the NASA Center for Food and Environmental Systems for Human Exploration of Space. Dr. Freeman is a certified teacher and counselor, and school administrator. She serves on a number of national Science, Engineering and Education Boards. Contact: ybfreeman@comcast.net , linkingleaders@comcast.net