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For release: July 31, 1996

Michael Finneran
(804) 864-6121/23

RELEASE NO. 96-155



Dr. Jeremiah F. Creedon has been named Director of NASA Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va., where he began working 33 years ago as an engineer.

The appointment, effective August 5, was announced today by NASA Administrator Daniel Goldin in Washington, D.C.

"NASA is fortunate to have a man of Dr. Creedon's caliber to take the helm of the Langley Research Center," Goldin said. "I am confident Dr. Creedon's extensive experience and first-hand knowledge of aeronautics research will serve him well in this new position."

A news conference at which Creedon will answer questions is planned for 11 a.m. today in the newsroom in Bldg. 1202 on North Dryden Street at Langley.

Creedon succeeds Paul F. Holloway, who after 36 years at Langley announced July 2 that he would step down as Center Director as soon as a replacement was found. Holloway will work with Creedon in a transition role.

"I'm honored to have been selected to this position," said Creedon, "and I will do the best that I can. Thanks to my predecessor's outstanding contributions, the Center is in an excellent position for the future. I'm sure the people at Langley will maintain and even improve their contributions to the nation."

Creedon, 56, is the seventh Director for NASA Langley since the Center was established in 1917 as the nation's first civilian aeronautical laboratory. NASA Langley has about 4,500 civil service and contractor employees and a $633.8-million fiscal 1996 budget.

Prior to being named Center Director, Creedon was Director of the Airframe Systems Program Office. Until February 1996 he was Director of the Aeronautics Program Group, a position he had held since February 1994.

Creedon began his career at NASA Langley in June 1963 as a research engineer in the Navigation and Guidance Research Branch, Instrument Research Division.

Since 1970, he has held a variety of management positions in both aeronautics and space research. Creedon was named Head of the Control and Information Systems Section in 1970, Assistant Head of the Avionics Technology Research Branch in 1979, Chief of the Flight Control Systems Division in 1982, and Head of the Flight Systems Directorate in 1985.

A Rhode Island native, Creedon graduated from the University of Rhode Island with bachelor and master of science degrees and a doctorate in electrical engineering in 1961, 1963 and 1970, respectively. He was a Sloan Fellow in 1982-83 at Stanford University and received a master of management science degree.

Creedon is the author of more than 30 technical articles and is a fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

He received the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive in the Senior Executive Service in 1989 for his outstanding contributions to the management of NASA programs. In 1990, Creedon received the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal. In 1995, he received the Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive in Senior Executive Service.

Creedon and his wife, Gail, live in Williamsburg. They have three daughters and raised Gail's younger brother Stephen.

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