National Math and Science Initiative Celebrates Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr.’s Induction to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

The honor recognizes Dr. Harris’s contributions to the fields of science, education, and nonprofit leadership

DALLAS (October 11, 2023) – The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) is proud to announce that Dr. Bernard A. Harris, Jr., a founding board member and former CEO of NMSI, has been inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in the area of Leadership, Policy, and Communications, with the specialty of Scientific, Cultural, and Nonprofit Leadership. This prestigious honor recognizes Dr. Harris’s outstanding contributions to the fields of science, education, and nonprofit leadership.

As a physician, business leader, and the first Black astronaut to walk in space, Dr. Harris embodies the benefits and opportunities of STEM education and has been integral to NMSI since its inception. His dedication to advancing STEM education and leadership has left an indelible mark on our organization and the countless students and educators we serve. As a current member of NMSI’s advisory board, Dr. Harris continues to provide invaluable guidance and support to our mission.

Nichole Austion, Vice President of Public Affairs at NMSI, expressed her excitement about Dr. Harris’s induction: “We are immensely proud of Dr. Harris’s accomplishments and unwavering commitment to promoting STEM education. His induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is a testament to his visionary leadership and dedication to inspiring the next generation of STEM leaders.”

Dr. Harris shared his thoughts on this honor: “I am deeply honored to receive this recognition from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. It reflects the collaborative efforts of the entire NMSI team and our shared commitment to transforming STEM education. Together, we will continue to empower students and educators, ensuring that the future is brighter and more inclusive for all.”

Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences is one of the country’s oldest learned societies and independent policy research centers, convening leaders from the academic, business and government sectors to respond to the challenges facing the nation and the world. Current academy research focuses on higher education, the humanities and the arts; science and technology policy; global security and energy; and American institutions and the public good.

The induction ceremony for Dr. Bernard Harris, Jr. took place September 30, 2023, where he was joined by an esteemed group of individuals who have made significant contributions to the arts, sciences, and public affairs.

About NMSI

The National Math and Science Initiative is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming math and science education in America. Founded in 2007, NMSI has impacted millions of students and thousands of teachers across the country, providing them with resources, training, and support to excel in these critical subjects. NMSI’s mission is to advance STEM education to ensure all students, especially those furthest from opportunity, thrive and reach their highest potential. For more information, visit

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