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John M. Hairston National Aeronautics and Space Administration
John H. Glenn Research Center
Lewis Field
Cleveland, Ohio 44135

John M. Hairston

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John M. Hairston serves as Director of the External Programs Directorate at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's John H. Glenn Research Center at Lewis Field in Cleveland.

In this capacity, he is responsible for the development and implementation of outreach, educational and informational programs that contribute to scientific, literacy and strengthen awareness and participation of target groups in NASA Glenn's mission and vision.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Bluefield State College, Bluefield, West Virginia and has a master's degree in Educational Administration from Cleveland State University, Cleveland. He also attended John F. Kennedy's school of Public Policy at Harvard University.

From June through November 2006, Hairston served as the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Office of Education at NASA Headquarters. He was responsible for providing executive leadership to the Office of Education. He ensured policy direction, functional management and guidance in coordinating the agency's overall efforts to organize and enhance its education programs.

Before joining NASA Glenn in 1991, Hairston spent 27 years with the Cleveland Municipal School System. He held a series of responsible positions, including English teacher, Special Project Center Director, Assistant Education Program Manager, Staff Development Director and Chief of the Community Relations Department.

Hairston has received numerous awards including the Presidential Rank Award, NASA's Exceptional Achievement Medal, NASA's Medal for Outstanding Leadership, NASA's Education Distinguish Service Award and the Leadership Cleveland Civic Volunteer of the year award.

Hairston is also very active in his church, serving as Chairman of the Imani Temple Ministries Deacon Board. Hairston was also President Elect for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections and Chairman of the board of directors for Glenville Development Corporation. He also served as Co-Chair of the City of Cleveland's Empowerment Zone Initiative.

Hairston and his wife Delaney and family, reside in Cleveland, Ohio.


1. John M. Hairston was Director of External Programs from 1991 to 2008.