For release: July 2, 1996
RELEASE NO. 96-068
NASA LANGLEY DIRECTOR PAUL F. HOLLOWAY TO STEP DOWN
1 P.M. NEWS CONFERENCE SCHEDULED FOR JULY 2
Paul F. Holloway has announced he is stepping down as director
of NASA Langley Research Center no later than early October 1996.
Holloway said that although he is leaving his post as center
director, he may remain in federal service but has yet to decide
his future plans.
Holloway said he is stepping down now to allow the appointment
of a center director who could make a longer-term commitment to
steering NASA Langley through challenges facing the agency the rest
of the decade.
"This is the lull before the November election, and after that
NASA Langley is going to need the services of a center director who
is willing to stick around for a while," said Holloway, a NASA
Langley employee since the beginning of his aerospace career in
June 1960. "Everyone knows I have been considering leaving shortly,
and this is a good time to do it."
"Paul Holloway will be missed," said NASA Administrator Daniel
S. Goldin. "His career spans almost the entire history of the Space
Age, and his many achievements at Langley are a tribute to his
talent, his professionalism and his dedication to the importance of
NASA aeronautical programs. We wish him all the best in the
The 58-year-old Poquoson native said stepping down is not easy.
"This has been my life for so many years, and I have made many
friends. But I am confident that the wonderful people of Langley
will carry on the reputation of this center as a world-class
Holloway was named center director in October 1991 and is the
sixth since Langley was founded in 1917 as the nation's first
civilian aeronautical research laboratory. Langley has about 4,500
civil service and contractor employees and a $633.8-million fiscal
Since joining NASA at Langley, Holloway has seen his career
advance steadily. He has worked primarily on the space side of the
research center and contributed directly to the development of the
In addition, Holloway has represented Langley on numerous space
station, shuttle and space transportation committees and boards and
served three high-level tours of duty at NASA Headquarters in
Holloway specialized in hypersonic aerodynamics, boundary layer
transition and flow separation, analysis of entry flight mechanics
and Earth orbital and planetary space missions. He has written 42
technical publications in his fields of expertise.
Holloway began his NASA career at Langley in June 1960 as an
aerospace research engineer. He was appointed head of the Systems
Analysis Section, Aero-Physics Division, in 1969; head of the
Aerospace Operations Analysis Branch, Space Systems Division, in
1971; and chief of the Space Systems Division in 1972. In May 1975,
Holloway became director for space.
In February 1985, he was named deputy director of Langley.
Holloway has earned numerous awards, including the NASA
Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal,
the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, the NASA Equal Employment
Opportunity Medal, the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Service,
and two Senior Executive Service Distinguished Presidential Rank
He is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and
Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society, and is a
member of the International Academy of Astronautics.
Holloway graduated from Poquoson High School in Virginia in 1956
as salutatorian and has a bachelor of science degree and honors in
aeronautical engineering from The Virginia Polytechnic Institute
and State University and also attended the Advanced Management
Program at Harvard Business School. He also pursued some graduate
study in physics at the College of William and Mary.
He and his wife, the former Barbara Menetch, live in Poquoson
and have one son, Eric Scott, who lives in the same city.
Holloway will hold a news conference to answer media questions
at 1 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at the NASA Langley Newsroom in Building
1202 on North Dryden St.
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