RELEASE NO. 02-003
NOTE TO EDITORS:
New NASA Administrator visits Langley Research Center Jan.
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Reporters are invited to meet the new NASA Administrator, Sean
OKeefe, when he visits NASAs Langley Research Center on
Thursday, Jan. 10. OKeefe will be available to speak with
news media representatives from 10:55 to 11:15 during a break in a
tour of NASAs Hampton, Va., facility.
For more information or to make arrangements for credentials
and an escort at NASA Langley, contact Chris Rink at 757-864-6786
or by e-mail at email@example.com
Media will be met at the main gate at 10:30 and be escorted to the
OKeefe was sworn in as NASAs 10th Administrator on
Dec. 21, 2001, following his nomination by President George W. Bush
on Nov. 14 and confirmation by the U.S. Senate on Dec. 20.
O'Keefe came to NASA from the Office of Management and Budget
(OMB), where he had served as Deputy Director since March 2001.
Before joining OMB, he was the Louis A. Bantle Professor of
Business and Government Policy, an endowed chair, at the Syracuse
University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. He
also served as the Director of National Security Studies, a
partnership of Syracuse University and Johns Hopkins University for
delivery of executive education programs for senior military and
civilian Department of Defense managers. Appointed to these
positions in 1996, he was previously Professor of Business
Administration and Assistant to the Senior Vice President for
Research and Dean of the Graduate School at the Pennsylvania State
Prior to appointment as the Secretary of the Navy in July 1992
by former President George Bush, he had served previously as
Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of
Defense since 1989. Before joining Defense Secretary Dick
Cheneys Pentagon management team in these capacities, he
served on the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations
staff for eight years, and was Staff Director of the Defense
Appropriations Subcommittee. His public service began in 1978 upon
selection as a Presidential Management Intern.
OKeefe is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public
Administration and has served as chair of an Academy panel on
investigative practices. He was a Visiting Scholar at the Wolfson
College of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, a
member of the Naval Postgraduate Schools civil-military
relations seminar team for emerging democracies and has conducted
seminars for the Strategic Studies Group at Oxford University. He
served on the national security panel to devise the 1988 Republican
platform and was a member of the 1985 Kennedy School of Government
program for national security executives at Harvard University.
In 1993, President Bush and Secretary Cheney presented him the
Distinguished Public Service Award. He received the Department of
the Navys Public Service Award in December 2000. OKeefe
was the 1999 faculty recipient of the Syracuse University
Chancellors Award for Public Service. He is the author of
several journal articles, contributing author of Keeping the
Edge: Managing Defense for the Future, released in October
2000. In 1998, OKeefe co-authored The Defense Industry in
the Post-Cold War Era: Corporate Strategies and Public Policy
Perspectives. He is also a member of the Bohemian Club of San
OKeefe earned his bachelor of arts degree in 1977 from
Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and his masters
degree in public administration in 1978 from Syracuse
Universitys Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
He and his wife, Laura, live in Ashburn, Va., with their children,
Lindsey, Jonathan, and Kevin.
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