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HT Nguyen Announces Plans to Retire as FEA Exec Director/General Counsel

posted May 31, 2019

After 35 years as an employee of FEA -- the last 21 as its Executive Director and General Counsel -- it is time for me to move on to the next phase in my life. I will be retiring from FEA at the end of 2019.

It has been an extreme honor to work for and work with the faculty and staff, including ESP professionals, who comprise FEA's membership worldwide. You are incredible people who do incredible work everyday and I take pride in knowing that I have been able to help many of you in some small way over the years.

Over the course of my career, the employees FEA represents have undergone many positive and negative changes. Without a doubt, the present working environment and the present management of DoDEA is the worst I have seen in my time. But I am reminded that we have endured other attacks and horrible practices in the past: the horrific National Security Personnel System (NSPS) proposals of the 2000s and the regressive educational and personnel practices under some former DoDEA Directors are just a few examples that immediately come to mind over the course of my career. The present anti-worker, anti-education environment in DoDEA will not last forever.

Despite the present challenges, I feel secure in retiring at this time because I know you continue to have excellent elected FEA leaders at all levels of the Association to continue guiding our course. You also have outstanding FEA staff ready to carry on the legal services and other invaluable tasks the Association provides to its members.

Until my actual retirement, I will continue to work on many current projects, such as our on-going litigation, the negotiation of a new Overseas contract, assisting FEA-Stateside Region in its fight against DoDEA's illegal Stateside contract implementation, and urging those with oversight of DoDEA to reign in that Agency's self-destructive policies and improve the working/learning environment. And I know FEA will continue those and other efforts on behalf of our members and their students long after I have cleaned out my office!

As mentioned above, my retirement will not take effect until the end of 2019. I still have much work to do on behalf of our members and I look forward to meeting with and seeing many of you in the months ahead. I am grateful for the many professional and personal friendships I have developed with our members over the years and, as I head toward retirement, I do so knowing that FEA and its members can weather any attack because of their commitment to the cause of quality education and fair and equal treatment for those who provide it to students.

Now, I must get back to work. There is much to do and I plan to continue doing my part until the day I leave!