Photo Release -- HII President and CEO Mike Petters Speaks at Downtown Hampton
Child Development Center Benefit
NEWPORT NEWS, Va., April 16, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Huntington Ingalls
Industries (NYSE:HII) President and CEO Mike Petters was the keynote speaker
at the 11^th annual Breakfast to Benefit the Children of Downtown Hampton
Child Development Center. The event, held at the Hampton Roads Convention
Center, is designed to educate guests about the Child Development Center and
to raise funds for its operations.
Child Development Center Speech
HII President and CEO Mike Petters
speaks at the 11th annual Breakfast to
Benefit the Children of Downtown
Hampton Child Development Center.
(Photo courtesy of the Downtown Hampton
Child Development Center)
A photo accompanying this release is available at
The Downtown Hampton Child Development Center is a non-profit preschool that
serves 200 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. The school's
mission is to nurture young children by providing affordable, quality
preschool programs that develop the "whole child" and foster school readiness.
The center offers the Peninsula's only sliding-scale tuition rate, based on
family income, with a focus on children from at-risk and underserved
populations, including children with special needs.
"I personally believe that education is one area that we as a nation have to
get right, or a lot of other issues will become inconsequential," Petters said
in his remarks. "I believe it will be the thing that drives the country
forward for the next several decades."
Petters continued, "If you ask what's different about America than other
countries in terms of education, what you will find is that countries that are
ahead of us have formal preschool programs. It's almost that simple." Petters
pointed out that in the U.S. children start kindergarten programs when they're
about 5 years old, whereas in other nations children begin school when they
turn 3 or 4.
For the full text of Petters' speech, visit:
Petters earned a bachelor's degree in physics from the U.S. Naval Academy in
1982 and went on to serve as an officer on the submarine USS George Bancroft
(SSBN 643) and in the U.S. Naval Reserve. In 1993, he earned an MBA from the
College of William and Mary. He joined Newport News Shipbuilding in 1987 and
held a number of increasingly responsible positions throughout the
organization, including vice president of aircraft carrier programs, vice
president of contracts and pricing, vice president of human resources, and
president of Northrop Grumman Newport News and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding.
He assumed the role of president and CEO for HII on March 31, 2011.
Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and
non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market
services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has
built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder at
its Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding divisions. Employing
about 37,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, HII also
provides a wide variety of products and services to the commercial energy
industry and other government customers, including the Department of Energy.
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