On Friday, Sept. 28, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Assistant Administrator for Human Resource Management Annie B. Andrews was inducted into the 2018 National Black College Alumni Hall of Fame in the Government and Law category.
In accepting the award, Andrews credited the influence of her family on her character, in particular her mother Capt. Electa Andrews, a retired law enforcement officer. Andrews said, "I am humbled to receive this honor because the ‘Hall of Fame’ isn’t about the inductee. It is really to honor those people who have paved the path to our success."
Andrews is a graduate of Savannah State University in Georgia with an undergraduate degree in criminal justice. She also holds various advanced degrees from other institutions. Prior to coming to the FAA in 2015, Andrews served in the US Navy for 32 years. During her distinguished career, she received numerous decorations and awards, retiring at the rank of rear admiral. She holds the distinction of being the third African-American female to achieve that rank in the 243-year history of the US Navy.
According to the National Black College Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. website, “The Foundation is dedicated to sustaining and growing Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU’s) through alumni recognition, scholarships, training and technical assistance and programs to promote humanitarian involvement.”
The hall of fame began in 1986. Other inductees to the hall of fame in the Government and Law Category included some of the nation’s top legal, political and public-service figures.
Under Andrews’ leadership, the FAA Office Human Resource Management supports a dynamic, world-class organization committed to providing the world’s safest and most efficient aerospace system.