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James L. Jennings
Former Deputy Director


James L. (Jim) Jennings served as the Deputy Director of NASA’s John F. Kennedy Space Center, from May 7, 2000, to Sept. 9, 2002. Before this assignment, he served as the Deputy Director for Business Operations from August 15, 1997, to May 7, 2000.

Jennings was responsible for assisting the Director in determining and implementing Center policy and in managing and executing Center missions as well as lead center and program responsibilities. He also served as Acting Director during periods when the Director was absent or unavailable. As an extension of the Director's general management authority, he acted for the Director to resolve any issue not requiring the Director's personal involvement and oversaw planning and progress related to any aspect of business and technical operations.

He served as Acting Deputy Center Director from Jan. 9, 1997 to August 15, 1997, and as Director of the Administration Office from May 1993 to May 1997. In the latter position, he was responsible for industrial labor relations, strategic planning, civil service personnel management and workforce analysis, continual improvement, university liaison and information management.

Previously, as Kennedy Space Center’s (KSC) Deputy Comptroller, Jennings was responsible for the process for preparation, defense, and execution of the KSC budget.

Jennings’ career has included management and analyst positions at the Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA Headquarters. He is known for his ability to work with people and get things done. Jennings is a member of numerous professional and community organizations. He has served as Chairman of the KSC Combined Federal Campaign and Savings Bond Drive.

Jennings has received numerous awards during his NASA career including an Equal Employment Opportunity Award in 1975, an Exceptional Service Medal in 1988, the Equal Employment Opportunity Medal in 1989, and an Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1994. Jennings also received the Distinguished Service Award in 1989 and the President's Award in 1999 from the Space Coast Chapter of the Federally Employed Women. He was conferred the rank of Meritorious Executive in 1997, and received the 1999 Presidential Distinguished Rank Award.

Jennings grew up in Alabama and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics and a Masters in Business Administration from Alabama A&M University in 1968 and 1973 respectively. He earned a Masters in Administrative Sciences from the University of Alabama in 1979.

Jim and his wife LaVon, a senior accountant, have a son, Keelan, an electrical engineer, and daughter, Keisha, a nurse.

September 2002

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