|David S. Dickinson was designated the Acting Director, Public Affairs Office, at NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, effective April 1998. He has been Deputy Director of the Public Affairs Office since January 1993.
As Deputy Director of Public Affairs, he helps direct the Center’s educational programs, media services, guest activities and briefings, and the KSC Visitors Center, NASA’s largest public visitor complex.
Dickinson began his NASA career in 1985 as a Personnel Management Specialist at Kennedy Space Center, and was appointed Chief of Training in 1988. He managed all NASA training and development programs at KSC, the Senior Executive Service personnel system and the Drug-Free Workplace Program.
Prior to joining NASA, Dickinson served in agency-level positions with other Federal organizations in Washington, DC:
¨ Director of Personnel, Peace Corps (1982-85)
¨ Director of Congressional Liaison and Public Affairs, Federal Labor Relations Authority (1979-82)
¨ Staff Director of the Labor Relations Task Force, President’s Reorganization Project (1977-79)
¨ Assistant Director for Policy Development, Office of Labor-Management Relations, U.S. Civil Service Commission (1970-77)
During the previous 10 years, he worked as a reporter with Commerce Clearing House and as an editor with The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc.
Born in Stoneham, Massachusetts, in 1941, Dickinson graduated from The American University in Washington, DC, in 1967. He has authored numerous articles and has appeared as a university guest lecturer on labor law and Congressional relations. He also has served as a volunteer arbitrator with the Juvenile Alternative Services Program in Brevard County, Florida.
Major professional awards presented to Dickinson include the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the Peace Corps Commendation, a White House Letter of Appreciation, the International Personnel Management Association’s Special Service Award, and two consecutive Civil Service Commission Distinguished Service Awards.
Dickinson and his wife, Judith, reside in Merritt Island, Florida.