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Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)
RELEASE : 06-134
NASA's Marshall Center Associate Director Robin Henderson Receives Presidential Rank Award
Angela Storey
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256.544.0034)

News Release: 06-134

Robin Henderson Robin Henderson, associate director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has been awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Executives -- the highest honor for career federal employees.

The Presidential Rank Award is given annually to a select group of senior federal executives for outstanding leadership and service in some of the most critical positions in federal government. Executives who have consistently demonstrated strength, integrity and commitment to public service in their careers are nominated for the award by members of their agency. Review boards, made up of private citizens, refer a select few to the President for approval.

Image above: Robin Henderson
Image credit: NASA/MSFC

Henderson is one of only 28 NASA employees nationwide to be selected for the Presidential Rank Award and one of three Marshall Center managers to be honored.

"I am honored to receive this prestigious award," Henderson said. "I consider it a great privilege, by focusing on achieving NASA's mission, to have the opportunity to contribute to our nation's strength and future."

As associate director of the Marshall Center, Henderson provides daily management to one of NASA's largest field installations, with more than 6,500 civil service and contractor employees and an annual budget of approximately $2.7 billion.

Previously, Henderson served from 2002 to 2004 as chief operating officer of the National Space Science and Technology Center in Huntsville, a coalition of NASA and academic scientists conducting cutting-edge research in key disciplines, including Earth science, space science, optics, materials science and propulsion. She managed operations and recommended business strategies to the technology center's executive director.

From 1998 to 2002, she served as deputy manager of the Marshall Center's Microgravity Research Program Office, which developed NASA space shuttle and International Space Station-based research experiments and missions in the near-vacuum of Earth orbit, pursuing new scientific and commercial discoveries.

Henderson was deputy project manager of the Microgravity Projects Office from 1995 to 1997, and served as business manager from 1993 to 1995. She was business manager from 1990 to 1993 for the Upper Stages Project Office, supervising all business aspects of the Marshall Center’s development of expendable rocket stages and associated systems.

Henderson joined the Marshall Center in 1983 as a technical analyst for the Hubble Space Telescope Project Planning and Control Office, helping prepare NASA’s first great observatory for delivery to space.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering in 1983 from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

During her Marshall career, Henderson has received numerous awards, including NASA's Outstanding Leadership Medal awarded in 2005 and NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal in 1996.

A native and resident of Decatur, Ala., Henderson and her husband, Cecil W. Henderson Jr., have three grown children.

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