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NASA Administrator Bridenstine to speak as part of McBrayer Lecture Series

Jim BridenstineJim Bridenstine, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will visit Morehead State University and speak as part of the W. Terry McBrayer Presidential Lecture Series in Government and Leadership on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 3 p.m. The event will be held in the Cartee Family Theater in the Adron Doran University Center.

Morehead State offers one of only a few space science programs in the country. The Space Science Center has become renowned for research in nanosatellite technologies. MSU has been involved in the launch of five NASA-funded satellites: CXBN, CXBN-2, Lunar ICEcube, Ky-Sat 2 and the DM-7 Flight Demonstration.

“Morehead State University is pleased to have the administrator of NASA visit our campus and address our community,” said Dr. Morgan. “Our Space Science program is one of our distinguished programs and we hope to continue to develop partnerships with NASA in the years ahead.”

James Frederick “Jim” Bridenstine was nominated by President Donald Trump, confirmed by the U.S. Senate, and sworn in as NASA’s 13th administrator on April 23, 2018. Bridenstine was elected in 2012 to represent Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served on the Armed Services Committee and the Science, Space and Technology Committee. His career in federal service began in the U.S. Navy, flying the E-2C Hawkeye off the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier.

The McBrayer lecture series is named in honor of MSU alumnus W. Terry McBrayer (59), who provided a generous gift to the University which supports the lecture series and student scholarships. McBrayer is a lobbyist, attorney and former politician in Lexington. He is a senior partner for the law firm McBrayer PLLC and and lead lobbyist MML&K Government Solutions, both founded by McBrayer. A native of Greenup County, he graduated from MSU and attended the Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville. He was elected to the MSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 1966 and was awarded an honorary doctoral degree in 1975. 

The event is free and open to the public.