SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN: The president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., came to that job in 1999 with a stellar resume. Besides being the first African-American woman to earn a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Shirley Ann Jackson headed the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission during the Clinton administration and was a physicist at Bell Laboratories and other notable research institutions. How did this lightning-quick thinker develop her interest in both science and education policy?
An excerpt to the book can be found on SciAm and the link below.
Wikipeda: Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson
The National Academy Press: Strong Force: The Story of Physicist Shirley Ann Jackson