PURPOSE: The Air University Board of Visitors (AU BoV) was established on March 27, 1946 by Air University Commander, General Muir S. Fairchild.  The AU BoV's purpose is to provide the Secretary of the Air Force, through the Air University Commander and President, independent advice and recommendations on matters pertaining to the educational, doctrinal, and research policies and activities of Air University.

MEMBERSHIP: The AU BoV is composed of senior educators, chief executive officers of business, and retired military.  All members are appointed, by the Secretary of Defense, to provide their best judgement without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest.  AU BoV Members serve on the Main Committee, Air Force Institution of Technology Subcommittee, or the Community College of the Air Force Subcommittee. 

BOARD MEMBERSHIP CONTACT: To contact members of the Air University Board of Visitors, please send your request to the Designated Federal Officer listed below.        


Name and Address

Air University Board of Visitors (#393)
HQ AU/OAAB
55 LeMay Plaza South
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

DoD Sponsor

Secretary of the Air Force
1670 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1670


Designated Federal Officer

Dr. Shawn Patrick O'Mailia
55 LeMay Plaza South
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
Phone: (334) 4953-4547

Point of Contact for media and committee documentation:

Email: au.bov1@us.af.mil
Phone: (334) 953-4547


Upcoming or Recent Meetings:
AU BOV Main Committee: 15-16 Nov 22 (Montgomery, AL) 

AFIT Subcommittee:  1-2 Nov 22 (Dayton, OH)
CCAF Subcommittee:  14 - 15 Feb 23 (TBD)

Interested in Attending a meeting or questions concerning the Board of Visitors?
Email: au.bov1@us.af.mil
Phone: (334) 953-4547


Main Committee
Year                                                                                 April November
2022 -

15 - 16

2023 4 - 5 14 - 15
2024 9 - 10 5 - 6
2025 8 - 9 4 - 5
2026 7 - 8 3 - 4
AFIT Subcommittee
Year                                                                                   Date
2022 1 - 2 November
2023 17 - 18 October
2024 8 - 9 October
2025 7 - 8 October
2026 6 - 7 October
CCAF Subcommittee
Year                                                                                   Date
2023 14 - 15 February
2024 6 - 7 February
2025 4 - 5 February
2026 3 - 4 February
2027 9 - 10 February

AU BoV Member Forms and Documents
Documents                                                                                Forms
AU BoV Member handbook OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report
Ethics Guide for Consultants and Advisory Committees SF-61, Appointment Affidavits
AU BoV Member Ethics Training Certification DD Form 1351-2, Travel Voucher or Subvoucher
   

Dr. Judith L. Bonner

Dr. Judith L. Bonner,
Parent Committee Chair

Dr. Judy Bonner retired after a 43-year career in higher education. She capped an impressive career when she became the 28th President of The University of Alabama on November 1, 2012, after having served as the Provost and Executive Vice President for almost a decade. Dr. Bonner provided visionary leadership to Alabama’s flagship during a time of economic challenge and unprecedented growth. In recognition of her many accomplishments, the Board of Trustees established a $1,000,000 endowment, the Judy Bonner Presidential Medallion Prize, to be presented annually to a UA community member who has gone above and beyond to change the culture or implement new initiatives designed to advance the Alabama experience for undergraduate students. And, in 2022, the Board named the Child Development Research Center in her honor. After her retirement in June 2016, she answered Mississippi State University’s call and served as Provost from July 2016 – July 2019.

Academic Education
-  Ph.D. in Human Nutrition – The Ohio State University
-  M.S. in Food and Nutrition – The University of Alabama
-  B.S. in Dietetics – The University of Alabama

Notable Experience and Honors
-  Elected to the Alabama Academy of Honor in 2014
-  National Alumni Association Distinguished Alumna Award in 2016
-  Amanda Grace Watson Distinctive Image Award in 2007 and again in 2017
-  Omicron Delta Kappa Living Legend Award in 2015
-  James V. Thompson Leadership Award, American Legion Boys State
-  Certificate of Honorary Membership, Alabama Corps of Cadets

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive background in leadership and management
-  Extensive background in academic administration


Lt Gen (Dr)  Robert J. Elder, Jr., USAF (Ret)

Lt Gen (Dr) Robert J. Elder, Jr., USAF (Ret)
AFIT Subcommittee Chair 


Lieutenant General (Retired) Robert Elder, D.Engr, joined the George Mason University faculty as a research professor with the Volgenau School of Engineering following his retirement from military service as the Commander of 8th Air Force and U.S. Strategic Command’s Global Strike Component. He currently conducts research in the areas of command and control, assured communications, strategic stability and deterrence, competition-cooperation management, and international actor decision-making. General Elder served as the Central Command Air Forces Deputy Commander for Operation Enduring Freedom, Air Operations Center Commander and Deputy Air Component Commander for Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Commandant of the Air War College. He was the first commander of Air Force Network Operations and led the development of the cyberspace mission for the Air Force.

Academic Education
-  D.Engr, Engineering – University of Detroit
-  M.S., Engineering – University of Detroit
-  B.S., Electrical Engineering – University of Detroit

Military and Professional Education
-  Squadron Officer School, by correspondence
-  Distinguished graduate, Air Command and Staff College
-  Air War College, by seminar
-  National War College
-  Senior Executive Program, Columbia University Graduate School of Business
-  Senior Executive Course, George C. Marshall College of International and Security Studies
-  Combined Force Air Component Commander Course
-  Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course
-  Systems Acquisition Management for General/Flag Officers
-  Pinnacle Course
-  Air Force Smart Operations for the 21st Century, Executive Leadership Course, Walt Disney Corporation

Notable Experience and Honors
-  Commander, 8th Air Force, Air Combat Command
-  Command Pilot with over 4,300 flying hours, including 83 combat hours
-  Commandant, Air War College
-  Various AF Awards and Honors, including:  Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, and        Bronze Star

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive experience in air, space, cyber and defense
-  Extensive leadership and management background
-  Extensive experience with military education; former Air War College Commandant
-  Familiar with Air University, Air Force Institute of technology, officer education, and military culture


Dr. Mike R. Flores

Dr. Mike R. Flores
CCAF Subcommittee Chair


Dr. Mike Flores currently serves as the chancellor of the Alamo Colleges District. With more than 20 years of service to the Alamo Colleges District, Flores possesses the distinction of being the ninth appointed chancellor and the first Hispanic chancellor in the district’s history. Flores’ vision for the Alamo Colleges District – eliminating poverty through education – is based on his personal experience as a child of migrant farmworkers who pursued education to gain economic and social mobility. Through his leadership, the Alamo Colleges District has launched AlamoPROMISE, a tuition-free college program for graduating high school students in Bexar County and one of the most significant initiatives implemented in the region. During his first year as chancellor, Dr. Flores led the Alamo Colleges District and its five colleges in celebrating the recognition as the only community college system in the nation to be awarded the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

Academic Education
-  Ph.D., Educational Administration – The University of Texas at Austin
-  M.S., Political Science – Illinois State University
-  B.A., Political Science – The University of Texas at San Antonio

Notable Experience and Honors
-  Chancellor, Alamo Colleges District
-  President, Palo Alto College
-  Interim Vice President of Academic Affairs, Palo Alto College
-  Vice President of Student Affairs, Palo Alto College
-  Vice President of College Services Division of College Services, Palo Alto College

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive experience in higher education
-  Extensive leadership and management background
-  Extensive experience with institutional and programmatic accreditatio


Col (Dr) Richard Bailey

Col (Dr) Richard J. Bailey,  USAF (Ret)
Parent Committee Member  

Col (Dr) Richard (Rick) Bailey is the president of Southern Oregon University.  He joined the university’s team in January 2022 after five-and-a-half years as the president of Northern New Mexico College and a twenty-four-year career in the United States Air Force.  During President Bailey’s tenure at Northern New Mexico College, the institution crafted a Strategic Direction document, completed successful renegotiations of collective bargaining agreements with faculty and staff for the first time in a decade, and more than doubled its student graduation rate. He was instrumental in the revitalization of the college’s El Rito campus and the reintroduction of key career technical education programs. He also brokered a partnership for the construction of a 1.5MW solar array on its El Rito campus, helped to establish the Anna Age Eight Institute for the study and prevention of childhood trauma, and led the creation of the Eagle Corporation, allowing the institution to partner with business entities for the purpose of diversifying the college’s revenue streams.

Dr. Bailey’s Air Force career included service as an aircraft commander, instructor pilot, and flight examiner. He retired from the Air Force as a full colonel and command pilot with over 3,500 flying hours.  After completing his PhD in 2006, Dr. Bailey served as a military liaison and defense trade analyst at the U.S. State Department. He later served as Chief Air Operations Officer at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Joint Force Command Brunssum in The Netherlands, where he oversaw air operations efforts for the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) mission in Afghanistan.  He also served as associate professor of strategy and security studies at the School of Advanced Air and Space Studies at Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, and served as the school’s first-ever Dean of Students.  In 2014, Dr. Bailey was elected the first-ever President of the Air University Faculty Senate, advising senior leaders on all issues pertinent to the university’s 600+ faculty members. He is the only faculty member in the university’s history to receive both the Faculty Excellence Award, given annually to the highest rated faculty member at the university, and the Muir S. Fairchild Award, for the most outstanding contributions to Air Force Education.

Academic Education
-  Ph.D., Government – Georgetown University
-  M.A., International Affairs – Washington University – St. Louis
-  B.S., Engineering Science – United States Air Force Academy

Notable Experience and Honors
-  Command Pilot with over 3,500 flying hours
-  Associate professor of strategy and security
-  2019 Organization of the Year and Leader of the Year Award, Greater Española Valley Chamber of Commerce
​-  2019 New Mexico STEMY award, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Higher Education Institution of the Year

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive experience in air, space, cyber and defense
-  Strong leadership and management background 
-  Experience in higher education
-  Familiar with Air University and military culture


Dr. Steven Berberich
Dr. Steven J. Berberich
AFIT Subcommittee Member

Dr. Steven J. Berberich joined the University of Missouri - Saint Louis in September 2021 as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost. As Provost, he presides over key academic functions at the University, including leadership of the colleges and schools which serve over 8600 degree-seeking students. Additionally, he oversees Academic Affairs, Center for Teaching and Learning, Institutional Research, Library, Student Affairs, UMSL Global, Student Success and Workforce Integration.  Dr. Berberich previously served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at the University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL). As Provost, he worked with administration, faculty, and staff to develop several new firsts for UHCL in student success and faculty development including the reorganization of a student success unit and the creation of the university’s first center for teaching and learning. Dr. Berberich previously served as the associate provost for faculty and staff affairs, and professor and chair of biochemistry and molecular biology, both at Wright State University (WSU) in Dayton, Ohio. At WSU, Dr. Berberich established the Center for Genomics Research and collaborated with researchers at WPAFB in areas of toxicogenomics.

Academic Education
-  Ph.D., Biomedical Sciences – Wright State University
-  B.S., Biology (with Honors) – Wright State University

Notable Experience and Honors
-  Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost, University of Houston – Clear Lake
-  Associate Provost for Faculty and Staff Affairs, Wright State University
-  Chief Executive Officer, Molecular Oncology Diagnostics, LLC
-  Editor, American Journal of Cancer
-  Scientific Journal Peer Reviewer for numerous publications
-  40 published scientific journal manuscripts

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive experience in higher education
-  Extensive experience with institutional and programmatic accreditation
-  Strong leadership and management backgroun


Colonel Michael Cartney, USAF (Ret)

Col Michael D. Cartney, USAF (Ret)
CCAF Subcommittee Member

Col Michael Cartney currently serves as President, Lake Area Technical College and has held this position since 2007.  In his position as the Lake Area Technical College President, Colonel Cartney has redefined the business-education partnership; and the role industry plays in student success; and the role education plays in workforce and economic development.  Colonel Cartney served the United States Air Force for 30 years, where he served in a variety of leadership positions.  Most notably, Colonel Cartney played a key role in developing the DoD’s vision and operational concepts describing how our fighting forces will use communications in the 2020-2030 timeframe.  Colonel Cartney assisted in the development the DoD’s vision of how the US will fight in cyberspace. 

Academic Education
-  National Defense Fellow – Harvard University
-  M.S., Numerical Analysis – Purdue University
-  B.S., Computer Science – U.S. Air Force Academy

Notable Experience and Honors
-  President, Lake Area Technical College
-  Recipient, Aspen Prize for Community College excellence
-  Commissioner, Midwestern Higher Education Compact
-  Executive Committee, Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive experience in air, space, cyber, defense, and higher education
-  Strong leadership and management background 
-  Extensive experience in higher education
-  Familiar with Air Force education and military culture


Dr. Wayne T. Davis

Dr. Wayne T. Davis
Parent Committee Member

Dr. Wayne T. Davis served as Interim Chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  Dr. Davis served as Dean of the Tickle College of Engineering. As a faculty member, he conducted research with emphasis on air quality management and air pollution control. His research areas include modeling of ozone formation in the environment; control of air pollution control and monitoring of emissions from combustion processes including coal-fired boilers, incinerators, and diesel engines; air filtration (indoor air filtration and fabric filtration); mobile source emissions and other air pollution related research areas.

Academic Education
-  Ph.D., Civil Engineering – The University of Tennessee - Knoxville
-  M.S., Environmental Engineering – The University of Tennessee – Knoxville
-  M.S., Physics – Clemson University
-  B.A., Physics – Pfeiffer College

Notable Experience and Honors
-  Interim Chancellor, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
-  Dean, College of Engineering, University of Tennessee – Knoxville
-  Qualified Environmental Professional, Institute of Professional Environmental Practice
-  Board Certified Environmental Engineering Member, American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive experience in higher education
-  Extensive experience in engineering and technology
-  Strong leadership and management background


Maj Gen Sharon K.G. Dunbar, USAF (Ret)

Maj Gen Sharon K.G. Dunbar, USAF (Ret)
Parent Committee Member

Maj. Gen. Sharon K. G. Dunbar, USAF (Ret), currently Serves as the Vice President for Cross Company Business with General Dynamics Mission Systems where she is responsible for strategy and interface with senior Department of Defense customers focused on growth-generating business initiatives.  In her last Air Force assignment, Maj Gen Dunbar dual-hatted as Commander of the Air Force District of Washington (AFDW)  and the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing, headquartered at Joint Base Andrews, Md. AFDW is the Air Force component to the Joint Forces Headquarters-National Capital Region and is responsible for organizing, training and equipping combat forces for aerospace expeditionary forces, homeland operations, civil support, national special security events and ceremonial events. AFDW also provides major command-level support for 60,000 military and civilian personnel assigned worldwide. As commander, Dunbar is the Uniform Code of Military Justice authority for 40,000 Airmen.

Academic Education
-  M.S., National Security Studies – National War College
-  M.A., Business Administration – California State, Long Beach
-  B.S., Management – U.S. Air Force Academy

Military and Professional Education
-  Squadron Officer School
-  Kellogg National Fellowship Program, Battle Creek, Mich.
-  Air Command and Staff College, by seminar
-  Legislative Fellowship Program, Brookings Institution
-  Advanced Program Managers Course, Defense Systems Management College
-  Seminar XXI Foreign Politics, International Relations and the National Interest, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
-  Senior Executive Fellows Program, Harvard University
-  Challenges in Global Leadership, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, England
-  Program for Senior Managers in Government, Harvard University, Cambridge

Notable Experience and Honors
-  Commander, Air Force District of Columbia
-  Command, 320th Air Expeditionary Wing
-  Director, Force Management Policy
-  Director of Manpower Policy, HQ AF

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive experience in defense, manpower, and organizational resourcing
-  Extensive leadership and management background
-  Extensive experience with military Air Force Personnel system and functioning


Dr. Mildred Garcia

Dr. Mildred Garcia
Parent Committee Member

Dr. Mildred Garcia is the President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and has served as the President since January 2018.  As AASCU's president, Dr. García is an advocate for public higher education at the national level, working to influence federal policy and regulations on behalf of nearly 400 member colleges and universities; serving as a resource to presidents and chancellors as they address state policy and emerging campus issues; developing collaborative partnerships and initiatives that advance public higher education; directing a strategic agenda that focuses on public college and university leadership for the 21st century; and providing professional development opportunities for presidents, chancellors, and their spouses. She is the first Latina to lead one of the six presidentially based higher education associations in Washington, D.C.  Prior to joining AASCU, Dr. García served as the president of two Minority Serving Institutions: California State University (CSU), Fullerton—a nationally ranked university for its full range of academic offerings and research, the largest university in the CSU, and the third‐largest university in the state—and at CSU Dominguez Hills, where she was the first Latina president in the largest system of public higher education in the country.

Academic Education
-  Ed.D., Higher Education Administration – Teachers College, Columbia University
-  M.A., Higher Education Administration – Teachers College, Columbia University
-  M.A., Business Education/Higher Education – New York University
-  B.S., Business Education – Baruch College, City University of New York
-  A.A.S., New York City Community College

Notable Experience and Honors
-  President, American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU)
-  Former President, California State University – Fullerton
-  Former President, California State University – Dominguez Hills
-  Former CEO, Berkeley College (first system-wide president for all six campuses)
-  National and International Conference Speaker
-  Published extensively in academic journals and contributor to multiple books on student success, leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive background in leadership and management
-  Extensive experience in higher education
-  Extensive background in student success, diversity, equity and inclusion
-  Has previously served as the AU BOV Member, thus providing continuity


Dr. Patricia Gruber

Dr. Patricia L. Gruber
AFIT Subcommittee Member

Dr. Gruber is a Science and Technology professional with leadership experience in government, industry and university organizations.  At the Office of Naval Research (ONR), she served as the Director of Research with responsibility for the Dept. of Navy basic and early applied research portfolio.  In this role, she led the development of the Naval S&T Strategic Plan and coordinated ONR’s education, outreach and diversity programs.  More recently, she served as Technical Director for ONR Global, where she led a group of fifty scientists who facilitated international research collaboration and acted as liaisons to operational fleet/forces. She was responsible for ensuring the quality and relevance of the International Science Program which awarded over 200 grants per year.  Prior to joining ONR Global, Dr. Gruber was the Vice President and General Manager of Maritime Systems at Battelle with profit and loss responsibility for the business unit.  She served as the Deputy Director of the Applied Research Laboratory at the Pennsylvania State University, a DoD-designated University Affiliated Research Center.

Academic Education
-  Ph.D., Marine Physics – University of Miami
-  M.S., Marine Physics – University of Miami
-  B.S., Meteorology – Pennsylvania State University

Notable Experience and Honors
-  Technical Director, Office of Naval Research Global
-  Vice President and General Manager, Maritime Systems at Battelle
-  Deputy Director, Applied Research Laboratory, Pennsylvania State University
-  Director of Research, Office of Naval Research
-  Distinguished Member of Technical Staff at Bell Laboratories
-  Superior Public Service and Superior Civil Service awards
-  Served on Naval Research Advisory Committee and Army Science Board

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive experience in Science and Technology portfolio management
-  Extensive leadership and management background
-  Extensive experience in defense research and development


Ms. Dee Jay Mailer

Ms. Dee Jay J. Mailer
CCAF Subcommittee Member

Dee Jay Mailer is the chief executive officer of Kamehameha Schools. She was appointed on January 19, 2004, and now focuses her energies on educating children of Hawaiian ancestry. Ms. Mailer is a 1970 graduate of Kamehameha.  As the former Chief Operating Officer of The Global Fund, a private Swiss foundation created by the world’s top developed countries, Mailer, along with the Geneva based team, raised and distributed funds to support the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries. She created and managed the fund’s administrative operations in collaboration with international partners, including the World Bank and World Health Organization. During her tenure, some $3.4 billion was raised from international donors, $33 million of which was disbursed in grant funds to 92 countries.  Ms. Mailer’s healthcare career spans 27 years, and includes serving as Chief Executive Officer of Kaiser Permanente Hawai‘i where she implemented a service-oriented culture, which improved health plan member satisfaction and retention rates to the highest levels in the State and within the national Kaiser program.  Ms. Mailer left Kaiser in 1999 to become Chief Administrative and Operating Officer of Health Net, Inc., a health insurance program serving 2 million members in the State of California. Mailer later served as Senior Vice President of National Contracting and Claims Best Practices for the company.

Academic Education
-  Kaiser Permanente Executive Program – Stanford University
-  MBA – University of Hawaii at Manoa
-  B.S., Nursing – University of Hawaii at Manoa

Notable Experience and Honors
-  CEO, Kamehameha Schools
-  COO, The Global Fund
-  CEO, Kaiser Permanente
-  CAOO, Health Net, Inc.

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive corporate administration, leadership, and management background
-  Extensive experience with marketing and non-profits


Dr. Okada

Dr. Mary A.Y. Okada
CCAF Subcommittee Chair

Dr. Mary Ann Young Okada became the first female president and chief executive officer of Guam Community College in 2007.  Prior to serving as GCC President/CEO, Dr. Okada held several financial positions within the college, including Vice President of Financial Affairs, Controller, and General Accounting Supervisor.  Dr. Okada’s leadership has led to Guam Community College being consistently commended by both the public and private sectors for its development and support of workforce education.  Dr. Okada was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2014 to serve on the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.  She is also a member of the American Association of Community Colleges; the Asian Pacific Association for Fiduciary Studies; the American Association of University Women; and the Association of Community College Trustees.  Dr. Okada is the current chair of the Pacific Postsecondary Education Council and serves as Board Chairperson for the Pacific Islands branch of the non-profit organization WestCare.

Academic Education
-  Ed.D., Educational Leadership – University of Phoenix
-  M.P.A. – University of Guam
-  B.A., Business Administration in Accounting and Management – University of Guam

Notable Experience and Honors
-  President & CEO, Guam Community College
-  Vice President, Financial Affairs, Controller, and General Accounting Supervisor
-  Multiple commissions and advisory boards

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive administration, leadership, and management background
-  Extensive experience with higher education, finance, and non-profits


Dr. Eduardo Padrón

Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón 
Parent and CCAF Subcommittee Member

An American by choice, Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón arrived in the United States as a refugee at the age of 15. From 1995 until 2019, he served as President of Miami Dade College, a national model of student achievement and the largest degree-granting institution in America. President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., for being a prominent national voice for access and inclusion in higher education. In 2009, Time magazine included him among the “10 Best College Presidents” in the United States; in 2010, Florida Trend magazine named him “Floridian of the Year”; and in 2011, The Washington Post recognized him as one of the eight most influential college presidents nationwide.  Six American Presidents have selected him to serve on posts of national prominence.

Academic Education
-  Ph.D., Economics – University of Florida
-  M.S., Economics – University of Florida
-  B.S., Economics – Florida Atlantic University

Notable Experience and Honors
-  President, Miami Dade College
-  10 Best College Presidents, Time Magazine
-  Presidential Medal of Freedom, President Barack Obama
-  Posts of national prominence by Six U.S. Presidents

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive experience in higher education
-  Extensive experience with institutional and programmatic accreditation
-  Extensive leadership and management background


Dr. Elane Seebo

Dr. Elane K. Seebo
Parent Committee Member

Dr. Elane K. Seebo currently serves as the Senior Assistant to the President, Wayland Baptist University.  In this role, Dr. Seebo advises the president on a variety of issues of interest to senior university administration, including institutional and programmatic accreditation, strategic and emergency planning, legal and legislative matters, institutional research and effectiveness, program development, military relations, and similar issues.  Dr. Seebo has extensive experience with Air University, the Community College of the Air Force, and the Air Force Technical Training apparatus.  She has served as the Dean of the Community College of the Air Force and as the Senior Training Administrator for the AF 82nd Training Group.

Academic Education
-  Ph.D., Education/Applied Technology and Training Development – University of North Texas
-  M.A., Human Resource Management – Pepperdine University
-  M.Ed., Secondary Education – Texas Tech University
-  M.A. Coursework, Counseling and Personnel Services – University of Maryland
-  B.A., English – Oklahoma State University (teacher certification – State of Oklahoma)

Notable Experience and Honors
  Senior Assistant to the President, Wayland Baptist University
-  Senior Training Administrator, 82nd Training Group
-  Dean, Community College of the Air Force
-  Commissioner, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
-  University Accreditation Liaison, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive experience in higher education
-  Extensive leadership and management background
-  Extensive experience with institutional and programmatic accreditation
-  Extensive experience the AF Professional Military Education and AF Technical Training
-  Strong background in strategic and emergency planning


Mr. Billy Starky

Mr. Billy L.B. Starkey, J.D.
AFIT Subcommittee Member

Billy Starkey serves as board chairman of Palladion Signature Import (PSI) Limited, a global trade company, and was a founder of Nellis Edwards Associates, a public contracts advisory firm.  He previously served as GM & CFO of the Federal Division of Engage Point Inc, as VP of Strategic Development at Engility Corporation, and in multiple COO, CFO, and appointed staff roles across every industry sector of the Northrop Grumman Corporation.  Billy served a decade on active duty in USAF and NRO operational space & special access programs, followed by two decades serving defense and federal agencies in executive and staff roles over profit centers spanning $32B, $2B, and $150M in annual revenues. He also served in M&A lead roles involving two $100M acquisitions, a $1.5B divestiture, and a $6.2B spinoff, and served several years as an executive-in-residence (EIR) for HIG Capital, a leading global private equity firm.

Academic Education
-  J.D., American Jurisprudence & International Law – British American Univ (jointly with Cambridge University UK)
-  M.S., National Security & Resource Strategy – Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University
-  M.B.A, General Management – Webster University
-  M.A., Organizational Development – Webster University
-  B.S., Aeronautical Engineering – U.S. Air Force Academy

Notable Experience and Honors
-  Industry Fellow, National Defense University, Industrial College of the Armed Forces (now known as the Eisenhower School for National Security & Resource Strategy)
-  US Air Force Weapons School – Space & Cyber graduate and instructor
-  Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management – Executive Certificate in Strategy & Innovation

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Advisory Council, US Space Force Association
-  Board of Advisors, University of Nebraska, College of Law – Space Law & Cyber Law post-JD programs
-  Board of Directors, Eisenhower School for National Security & Resource Strategy Association
-  Member of the American Bar Association (ABA)
    --  Space Law Committee
    --  Cybercrimes & Cybersecurity Committee
    --  Public Contract Acquisition Reform Committee
    --  Battlespace & Contingency Procurement Committee


Dr. Michele Wheatly

Dr. Michele G. Wheatly
AFIT Subcommittee Member

Michele G. Wheatly currently serves as Professor of Biology at Syracuse University and has served as Special Advisor to the Chancellor and President (2020-2021) after completing a term as Vice Chancellor and Provost (2016-2020). Previously she served as Vice President and Provost at West Virginia University (2010-2014). In these successive roles as Chief Academic Officer at two Carnegie R1 Universities, she has extensive experience in higher education administration including institutional and programmatic accreditation, strategic and emergency planning, legal and legislative matters, institutional research and effectiveness, program development, military relations, and related issues. Previously she served as Dean of Science and Mathematics (2002-2010) and Chair of Biological Sciences (1994-2002) at Wright State University. She served as PI of the NSF-funded ADVANCE IT award: In the footsteps of Katharine Wright: Promoting STEM women through Launching Equity Across the Dayton Entrepreneurial Region, a consortium of WSU, University of Dayton, AFIT and Central State University. She has been recognized for her STEM equity efforts and currently serves on the External Advisory Committee of the ADVANCE Resource and Coordination network. She ascended the academic ranks at the University of Florida in the Zoology Department (1984-1994). An integrative biologist by training, her lab performed research on cellular and molecular biology of epithelial ion motive proteins.

Academic Education and Professional Education
-  Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Calgary
-  Ph.D., Comparative Physiology – Birmingham University, U.K.
-  B.Sc., Biological Sciences – Birmingham University, U.K.
-  ACE Institute for Chief Academic Officers
-  Executive Training, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

Notable Experience and Honors
-  Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, Governor of Ohio
-  Presidential Medal, Society for Experimental Biology
-  Numerous (111) peer reviewed journal articles
-  Member of many professional associations

Relevance to Air University Board of Visitors
-  Extensive experience in higher education administration, including institutional and programmatic accreditation
-  Significant leadership and management background
-  Experience with AF Professional Military Education and AF Technical Training
-  Strong background in strategic and emergency planning

PURPOSE: The Air University Board of Visitors (AU BoV) was established on March 27, 1946 by Air University Commander, General Muir S. Fairchild.  The AU BoV's purpose is to provide the Secretary of the Air Force, through the Air University Commander and President, independent advice and recommendations on matters pertaining to the educational, doctrinal, and research policies and activities of Air University.

MEMBERSHIP: The AU BoV is composed of senior educators, chief executive officers of business, and retired military.  All members are appointed, by the Secretary of Defense, to provide their best judgement without representing any particular point of view and in a manner that is free from conflict of interest.  AU BoV Members serve on the Main Committee, Air Force Institution of Technology Subcommittee, or the Community College of the Air Force Subcommittee. 

BOARD MEMBERSHIP CONTACT: To contact members of the Air University Board of Visitors, please send your request to the Designated Federal Officer listed below.        


Name and Address

Air University Board of Visitors (#393)
HQ AU/OAAB
55 LeMay Plaza South
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112

DoD Sponsor

Secretary of the Air Force
1670 Air Force Pentagon
Washington, DC 20330-1670


Designated Federal Officer

Dr. Shawn Patrick O'Mailia
55 LeMay Plaza South
Maxwell AFB, AL 36112
Phone: (334) 4953-4547

Point of Contact for media and committee documentation:

Email: au.bov1@us.af.mil
Phone: (334) 953-4547


Upcoming or Recent Meetings:
AU BOV Main Committee: 15-16 Nov 22 (Montgomery, AL) 

AFIT Subcommittee:  1-2 Nov 22 (Dayton, OH)
CCAF Subcommittee:  14 - 15 Feb 23 (TBD)

Interested in Attending a meeting or questions concerning the Board of Visitors?
Email: au.bov1@us.af.mil
Phone: (334) 953-4547


Main Committee
Year                                                                                 April November
2022 -

15 - 16

2023 4 - 5 14 - 15
2024 9 - 10 5 - 6
2025 8 - 9 4 - 5
2026 7 - 8 3 - 4
AFIT Subcommittee
Year                                                                                   Date
2022 1 - 2 November
2023 17 - 18 October
2024 8 - 9 October
2025 7 - 8 October
2026 6 - 7 October
CCAF Subcommittee
Year                                                                                   Date
2023 14 - 15 February
2024 6 - 7 February
2025 4 - 5 February
2026 3 - 4 February
2027 9 - 10 February

AU BoV Member Forms and Documents
Documents                                                                                Forms
AU BoV Member handbook OGE 450, Confidential Financial Disclosure Report
Ethics Guide for Consultants and Advisory Committees SF-61, Appointment Affidavits
AU BoV Member Ethics Training Certification DD Form 1351-2, Travel Voucher or Subvoucher