For release: 02/05/02
Release #: 02-021
Former NASA astronaut and manager nominated as Agency’s Deputy Administrator
President Bush has selected Marine Corps Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden Jr., a former Space Shuttle astronaut and NASA Assistant Deputy Administrator, to serve as Deputy Administrator of the space agency.
Bolden, who also served as the astronaut office liaison to the Safety, Reliability and Quality Assurance Directorate at Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., will become the chief operating officer for the agency, reporting directly to NASA Administrator Sean O’Keefe.
Since August 2000, Bolden has served as the Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, based in Miramar, Calif.
As NASA’s Deputy Administrator, Bolden will be responsible for directing and managing many of the programs and day-to-day operations and activities at NASA.
In a statement, NASA Administrator O’Keefe said, “I am grateful for the President’s overwhelming confidence in Gen. Bolden. I could not ask for a more qualified partner to help lead this great agency. His management and leadership skills in the fields of aeronautics and space technology will play a vital role in charting a new course for America’s space program. I am delighted he accepted this nomination and look forward to welcoming him back to the NASA family. We are hopeful for expeditious consideration by the United States Senate.”
“I am pleased that Gen. Bolden is joining NASA again. He clearly brings a wealth of knowledge about human space flight,” said Art Stephenson, director of the Marshall Center. “I have heard great things about him, and I look forward to working with him. I understand he is very much a ’people‘ person, and that he recognizes we get our work done through the talents of our people. This is consistent with Marshall's philosophy.”
Bolden is a veteran of four Space Shuttle flights. He was pilot on STS-61C in 1986 and STS-31 in 1990, and was mission commander on STS-45 in 1992. That same year, he was appointed Assistant Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington, a position he held until 1994, when he was named commander of STS-60. He left the space program having logged more than 680 hours in orbit.
Additional announcements regarding positions within NASA are expected in the coming weeks.
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