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Retired Col. Rebecca Porter

Dr. Rebecca Porter has been named the new president and CEO for the Military Child Education Coalition, which is based in Harker Heights, according to a release sent out by the organization on Tuesday.

A retired colonel, Porter served in the Army from 1981 to 2019 and her most recent service was commanding the Public Health Command Europe in Landstuhl, Germany, from 2017 to 2019.

Porter has also been the director of the Center for Personal Development at West Point, the chief of psychology at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington and a director of the Tricare Health Clinic at the Pentagon, according to the release.

Porter graduated from the University of Washington, and has a masters in counseling psychology as well as a doctorate of philosophy.

“Porter will continue to champion MCEC’s mission, serving and strengthening military-connected families. At the same time, she is committed to growing the organization and to exploring opportunities for innovation to keep pace with an expanding role of technology,” the release said.

Porter commented on taking the role in the release.

“Advocating for the education opportunities of military children remains the primary focus of MCEC,” Porter said. “The organization has succeeded in countless aspects of its mission under Dr. Mary Keller’s leadership, and I’m thrilled to lead the organization in building on her legacy.”

Mary Keller is the outgoing president and CEO for the organization and she had great words to describe Porter.

“Becky and I have had many amazing opportunities to work together over the past twenty years,” Keller said in the release. “Her personal as well as professional experiences, dedication, expertise, vision, scholarship and enthusiasm are present in all that she does.”

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