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02-009
For Release: February 5, 2002

Lori J. Rachul
Media Relations Office
216/433-8806
Lori.J.Rachul@nasa.gov


Former Astronaut Nominated to Serve 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, Major General 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 enthusiastic about the opportunity to welcome General Bolden back to NASA again," said NASA Glenn Research Center Director Donald J. Campbell. "He will bring a wealth of experience and deep understanding of the mission of NASA to the position."

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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