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Feb. 1, 2002

Ann Hutchison

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif.

Phone: 650/604-3039 or 650/604-9000

ahutchison@mail.arc.nasa.gov


RELEASE: 02-12AR

FORMER ASTRONAUT TAPPED AS NASA DEPUTY ADMINISTRATOR

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe and the White House have announced the nomination of former NASA astronaut and Assistant Deputy Administrator Maj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, U.S. Marine Corps, as NASA's next Deputy Administrator.

Bolden, 55, currently serves as the Commanding General, 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing. As Deputy Administrator, Bolden will serve as the chief operating officer for the Agency and report directly to the Administrator. He will be responsible for directing and managing many of the programs and day-to-day operations and activities at NASA.

"I am delighted that General Bolden is joining NASA again," said Henry McDonald, Director of NASA Ames Research Center in California’s Silicon Valley. "He brings a wealth of management and leadership experience to the Agency, and we look forward to working with him."

"I am grateful for the President's overwhelming confidence in General Bolden. I could not ask for a more qualified partner to help lead this great agency," said Administrator O'Keefe. "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."

A veteran of four Space Shuttle flights, Bolden was pilot on STS-61C in 1986 and STS-31 in 1990, and was the 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.

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