COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (December 6, 2001) – The
Space Foundation announced today that Dr.
Patricia Arnold has been named Vice President,
Education, effective December 3. The Foundation
recently completed a six-month national search
for the newly created position, with assistance
from NASA, the United States Air Force Academy,
University of Texas-El Paso (UTEP), Colorado
Technical University, the Challenger Centers for
Space Science Education, and other Space
Foundation education partners. In her new role,
Dr. Arnold will manage all Space Foundation
education initiatives and will serve as the
Foundation’s primary contact with the
educational community.

“Dr. Arnold brings strong experience and
perspective ranging from the elementary school
classroom to executive leadership at the
university level,” said Elliot G. Pulham, Space
Foundation President & Chief Executive Officer.
“She will provide tremendous insight and
leadership in pursuit of our mission to
passionately provide and support educational

“It speaks volumes of the commitment of the
Space Foundation to its education mission that a
proven academic leader like Dr. Arnold is now
part of the team,” said Dr. Diana Natalicio,
UTEP President and member of the Foundation
Board of Directors. “Patty was selected from a
field of nearly 50 Ph.D. candidates from across
the country, and brings great depth,
credentials, experience and enthusiasm to this
vitally important Space Foundation mission.”

In her new role, Dr. Arnold will be responsible
for developing and growing the Foundation’s
educational initiatives, including three
upcoming Space in the Classroom teacher training
conferences scheduled for January 31 – February
2, 2002 in Sacramento, Calif.; February 28 –
March 2, 2002 in Colorado Springs; and May 2 –
4, 2002 at Kennedy Space Center, Fl.

Dr. Arnold’s distinguished academic career
includes serving as dean at the University of
Southern Colorado, Pueblo, School for the Arts
and Sciences; elementary school principal in
Fountain/Fort Carson District 8; principal of
the Super Summer Program in Colorado Springs
District 11; classroom teacher in Districts 8
and 11; and gifted and talented teacher at the
University of Colorado at Colorado Springs,
District 8 and Colorado Springs District 20.
currently serves on various professional and community committees and boards in
Colorado Springs and Pueblo. Dr. Arnold earned
a BA at Tabor College in Hillsboro, Kansas; an
MA from CU-Colorado Springs; and a Ph.D. at CU-

The Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation has
trained 12,000 teachers since 1986 through its
Space in the Classroom, Teaching With Space and
Space Discovery K-12 professional development
programs. More information on the Space
Foundation and its programs can be found at