Title: Vice President Emeritus
Location: Mitchellville, Maryland, United States
James Stith, Vice President Emeritus has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics education.
Growing up on a farm, Dr. Stith felt a strong connection to the natural world. When he got to high school, and took a class in physics, it began to answer a lot of questions he had about the world around him. From there, Dr. Stith was hooked and pursued a career in the field. He earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science and an LHD from Virginia State University in 1963, 1964 and 1992, respectively. Furthermore, Dr. Stith has a DEd from Pennsylvania State University, which he received in 1972. Prior to retiring, he served as the vice president of the physics resources center at the American Institute of Physics. He served in this role from 1998 to 2008. Prior to this role, he taught at Ohio State University, the US Military Academy at West Point and Virginia State University.
Dr. Stith was active in the US Army for a number of years, advancing through the grades to colonel in 1991 but retiring from active duty in 1993. He has also served as a visiting scientist at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the US Air Force Academy. In recognition of his work, Dr. Stith has received a number of accolades. These include the Decorated National Defense Ribbon, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon, the Armed Forces Reserve Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal and a Legion of Merit. He was named a ScienceMaker with HistoryMakers in 2010. He has been named to the Hall of Fame at Virginia State University and recognized as one of the 50 Most Important Blacks in Research Science. Furthermore, he received a Distinguished Service Citation at the American Association Physics Teacher, the Archie L. Lacey Award from the New York Academy of Sciences and was an alumni fellow at Pennsylvania State University and the National Science Foundation.
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