Image left: Charles H. Scales, Associate Deputy Administrator. Photo credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.
NASA Associate Deputy Administrator
Charles H. Scales
Charles H. Scales became NASA's Associate Deputy Administrator, effective April 16, 2007. Previously, he was the Associate Administrator for the Office of Institutions and Management. In this position, he managed operational and mission support activities across the agency. He also ensured the agency work force, infrastructure and facility capabilities are working together in support of NASA's long-range needs.
Scales also served as deputy director in the Office of Center Operations at the agency's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala. Prior to that, he served as director of the Center Operations Directorate at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio.
He began his NASA career as a cooperative education student at the Marshall Center. He earned a bachelor's degree in general business from Alabama A&M University in Huntsville, Ala., and joined the Marshall Center as a communications specialist.
In 1976, he became a program analyst in Marshall's Communications Division. He was appointed chief of the Program Control Office in the Marshall Facilities Office in 1986. Two years later, he was appointed chief of the Resources Management Branch in the Information Systems Office. In 1994, Scales was named director of the Plans and Analysis Office in the Institutional and Program Support Directorate, and he became director of the Business Management Office in 1995. He was appointed deputy director of Marshall's Equal Opportunity Office in 1996. He served as director of the center's Equal Opportunity Office from 1997 to 2004.
Scales has earned a number of awards, including a 1999 Space Flight Leadership Award recognizing outstanding leadership ability. He received the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1996, awarded for significant sustained performance contributing to the NASA mission. In 1992, Scales was honored with a Silver Snoopy Award - the highest award bestowed by astronauts for outstanding contributions to flight safety and mission success.
A 2005 inductee into the Alabama A&M University Alumni Hall of Fame, Scales has completed the Carnegie Mellon University Senior Executive Seminar and the Federal Executive Institute's Leadership for a Democratic Society course. He is a graduate of Leadership Huntsville and Leadership Alabama - both nonprofit community and state organizations that nurture civic participation.