For release: 03/13/02
Release #: 02-054
Huntsville native James M. Ellis named to Senior Executive Service position at Marshall Center
James M. Ellis has been appointed to the federal government's Senior Executive Service as manager of the Information Services Department, part of the Center Operations Directorate at the Marshall Center. In his new position, Ellis supervises more than 900 civil service and contractor personnel who provide computer and communications systems for Marshall and NASA.
Photo: James Ellis (NASA/MSFC)
James M. Ellis has been appointed to the federal government's Senior Executive Service as manager of the Information Services Department, part of the Center Operations Directorate at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala.
In his new position, Ellis supervises more than 900 civil service and contractor personnel who provide computer and communications systems for Marshall and NASA.
Ellis began his NASA career at the Marshall Center in 1981 as a technical resources manager. He has held increasingly challenging positions during his career at Marshall, including manager of the Space Shuttle Program Planning and Management Systems Office; assistant manager of the Space Shuttle Projects Office; and assistant director of the Center Operations Directorate. Since January 2000, he has served as deputy director of the Safety and Mission Assurance Office.
Throughout his NASA career, Ellis says what he most enjoys is "working with some of the most talented and dedicated people in the world."
Ellis is a 1962 graduate of Huntsville High School and received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1966. He earned a master's degree in economics from South Dakota State University at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., in 1975. He earned an associate's degree in computer science in 1977 from Enterprise State Junior College in Enterprise, Ala.
Prior to joining NASA, Ellis provided operations research, systems analysis, and cost analysis for PATRIOT and other missile systems for the U.S. Army Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., and for the U.S. Army Aviation Center at Fort Rucker, Ala. He retired from the Alabama Air National Guard in 1989 at the rank of lieutenant colonel.
Ellis and his wife Chris live in Huntsville. The couple has three children, one daughter, Christy Alison of Huntsville and two sons, Mike of Atlanta, Ga., and Scott of Nashville, Tenn.
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