Roger Blunt lecture series part of week-long celebration
Dr. Anthony Junior is the speaker for the sixth annual Roger R. Blunt Lecture April 15, at 6:30 p.m. in the Student Services Center Theatre. Junior recently retired as director of the Department of the Navy Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions Program Officer.
Junior will address an open audience on the topic, “Frontiers of STEM Education in the United States.”
“Dr. Junior will discuss the crisis in STEM education in the U.S. and possible solutions to address the shortage of a STEM-educated workforce and the role play in the solution,” said Dr. Derek Dunn, professor and chair of UMES’ Department of Technology.
At his last post, Junior developed and managed programs that strengthened and supported the capabilities of HBCUs to participate in Naval programs in science and technology, research, education and contracting opportunities. He was principal advisor involving issues of HBCUs to the chief of Naval Research, and the director of the Navy’s Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Program among others.
Junior also managed education, outreach and workforce development programs for the Office of Naval Research with the goal of enhancing the quality and quantity of U.S. scientists and engineers trained to pursue Department of Defense technical requirements.
Junior holds a doctorate in urban higher education administration from Jackson State University and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from Strayer University in Arlington, Va. He is a federally certified acquisition professional and an industry certified systems engineer/systems programmer.