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Napoleon A. Carroll
Former Special Assistant to the Deputy Director

Napoleon A. Carroll was the special assistant to the deputy director at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla., at the time of his retirement in December 2010.

Prior to this assignment, Carroll was the executive director of the Cape Canaveral Spaceport Management Office (CCSMO) and was responsible for the contract management and administration of the Joint Base Operations and Support Contract (J-BOSC). In this capacity, he was responsible for the joint program management between KSC and the United States Air Force, 45th Space Wing (CCAFS and PAFB) in support of a safe, efficient and effective environment for providing premier base support to the space launch community.

Formerly, Carroll served as Kennedy's chief financial officer (CFO). He was responsible for the development, implementation, and administration of centerwide resources and financial management systems and processes. Carroll provided direction and guidance to the various organizations within the Center with respect to their financial responsibilities. Those responsibilities included but were not limited to the budgetary process, program analysis, annual planning, budget formulation and execution, and funding distributions. Carroll implemented many key components of the Integrated Financial Management Program (IFMP) in response to the Federal Financial Management Improvement Act of 1996 public law 104-208. In addition, he served as the principal advisor to the center director on all financial activities. Carroll was responsible for managing the activities of 127 professional and non-professional civil servant and contracted employees assigned to the Chief Financial Organization.

Carroll started his NASA career as a co-operative education student at KSC in 1973. Beginning on June 6, 1985, Carroll accepted the position as chief of the Shuttle and Engineering Development Resource Management Office, which supported the KSC Shuttle Launch and Landing Operation Directorate, the Shuttle Logistics Directorate and the Engineering Development Directorate. In this position, he was responsible for planning, integrating, coordinating and managing the activities of directorate personnel in the development and administration of the KSC Shuttle Program Resources. In 1995, Carroll was honored with selection for the Senior Executive Service Career Development Program (SES CDP) serving as the Acting Chief Financial Officer at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi and serving on detail to the director of Financial Management for NASA at Headquarters.

During his career, Carroll received numerous awards including the KSC Equal Opportunity Award, NASA Outstanding Leadership Award, and a NASA Exceptional Service Medal in recognition of outstanding contributions to the management of Shuttle resources during major budget reductions.

Carroll was a founding member of the KSC Labor Management Partnership. His notable accomplishments include service as a past vice president of the NASA Employee Benefit Association. Carroll also served as a representative on the board for NASA's Fellowship and Leadership Development Programs at NASA Headquarters.

Carroll was born in Kernersville, N.C. He received a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Bethune-Cookman College and a master's in Business Administration from Florida Institute of Technology. He and his wife, the former Glenda Lowe of Mims, Fla., have four children: Danielle, Jermaud, Sharkara, and Al. Carroll and his wife reside in Mims.

February 2011

Biographies - Current Employees