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Eileen Hawley April 11, 1995

Release: 95-028


SPACE STATION OFFICEWilliam Bates, a 28-year NASA employee, has been named to the dual position of Director of Management Operations and Chief of Staff to the Program Manager for NASA's International Space Station.

In this position, Bates is responsible for coordinating, directing, and assuring that all Space Station Program activities are accomplished. He previously worked on the Space Station Freedom Program, joining the International Space Station Program Office in September 1993. Most recently, he was the Department Manager for Safety and Mission Assurance until being appointed Chief of Staff in February 1994. The dual appointment as Director of Management Operations was effective February 5, 1995.

Bates has served in a number of increasingly responsible positions during his career at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. Following his 1967 graduation from Southwestern State College in Weatherford, Okla., Bates joined NASA as a flight

controller responsible for extravehicular activities during the Apollo and Skylab missions. With the advent of the Space Shuttle Program, Bates moved into the Electrical, Environmental and Communications discipline, developing flight rules and analyzing flight crew procedures. After the Space Shuttle Challenger accident in 1986, Bates moved to the Safety Office. He has extensive experience in safety, reliability and quality assurance and has served on a number of panels and commissions, including the Stafford Committee which reviewed the Hubble Space Telescope Servicing Mission activities.



A native of Clinton, Okla., Bates is the son of Hazel Bates and the late Vernon Bates. He is married to the former Judy Brown of Clinton and Weatherford. Her parents are Helen Brown and the late C. D. Brown of Weatherford. Bates has two children, Dana, age 27 and Paul, age 24, who live in the Houston area.

Bates attended Nance Elementary School in Clinton and Arapaho High School, graduating in 1963. He has a degree in physics from Southwestern State College.

Bates will be in the Clinton area to attend Arapaho High School's reunion on

April 14, 1995.



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