Kennedy Biographies

Cheryl C. Hurst
Education and External Relations

Cheryl C. Hurst is the director of Education and External Relations for NASA's John F. Kennedy Space Center, a position she assumed in April 2010. The directorate mission includes NASA Guest Services, the KSC Visitor Center, Government and Communication Outreach, Education Programs and University Research.

Hurst provides policy guidance, direction and evaluation to KSC's education programs, government relations, public outreach, guest operations, protocol, and the center's strategic communications. In this role, she leads a team of professional communicators, planners and educators as they interface and communicate NASA KSC messages to external audiences including academic institutions; KSC guests and dignitaries; legislative, business, and community leaders; and the general public.

In addition, she oversees the KSC Visitor Complex concession agreement and has oversight of the KSC History Program. She manages the center's Speakers Bureau, along with a variety of other strategic communications initiatives.

Hurst held executive-level, leadership positions at KSC as the deputy director of External Relations and the deputy director of Procurement. In these roles she served on NASA and KSC strategic planning, study, leadership development and implementation teams.

Hurst's career in federal service began in 1983 with the U.S. Air Force Contracting Office at San Vito dei Normanni Air Station, Italy. In 1986, she transferred to Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and held positions in acquisition with the Military Airlift Command and Air Force Communications Command. Since joining NASA in 1992, Hurst has held various acquisition and leadership positions, including that of the KSC administrative contracting officer for the Space Flight Operations Contract, NASA's largest consolidated hybrid service contract.

Hurst earned a Bachelor of Science in business administration from Thomas Edison State College in 1989. She attained the highest federal-level professional acquisition workforce certification status with NASA in 1998.

Hurst has been honored with a Silver Snoopy and was a Management Space Flight Honoree for NASA's 40th anniversary. She is also the recipient of the NASA Exceptional Leadership Medal and a Superior Accomplishment Award. She has received certificates of appreciation and commendation from Air Force commanders and KSC center directors, as well as many performance and group achievement awards.

September 2010

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