Press Release

Aerospace Elects Three New Members to Board of Trustees

By SpaceRef Editor
September 17, 2020
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Three distinguished leaders, bringing decades of military and private sector expertise, were elected to The Aerospace Corporation (Aerospace) Board of Trustees: Admiral Cecil D. Haney, USN (Ret.), the Honorable Michael J. McCord, and former Lieutenant General Vincent R. Stewart, USMC (Ret.).


“We’re at a historic moment in America’s space program as it continues to undergo unprecedented changes,” said Steve Isakowitz, Aerospace president and CEO. “Now, more than ever, Aerospace is being called upon to provide new ideas, outstanding technical depth, and breakthrough innovations to our customers. Our new trustees will help us accomplish that mission by bringing critical thought leadership in areas like space warfighting, cybersecurity, strategic business operations, and financial stewardship.”


Admiral Cecil D. Haney retired in January 2017 after completing 38 years of distinguished service in the U.S. Navy. He commanded the U.S. Strategic Command from 2013 to 2016, and was responsible for strategic capabilities involving nuclear weapons, missile defense, space and cyberspace as well as the U.S. Pacific Fleet (2012 to 2013). He now serves on the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Board of Managers, the Naval Studies Board, the Board of Directors for General Dynamics Corporation, Systems Planning and Analysis Inc., and the Center for a New American Security.


Lieutenant General Vincent (Vince) R. Stewart retired from the U.S. Marine Corps after more than 38 years of active commissioned service to the nation. On his final tour of duty, he served as the Deputy Commander, U.S. Cyber Command, one of the 11 combatant commands of the U.S. Department of Defense, with military and civilian personnel stationed worldwide. Prior to that assignment, he served as the 20th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Currently, Stewart is the chief innovation and business intelligence officer at Ankura, a global business advisory and expert consulting service.


The Honorable Michael McCord served at the U.S. Department of Defense as Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer and, before that, as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller). Today, McCord serves as the director of Civil-Military Programs at the Stennis Center for Public Service, a legislative branch organization devoted to promoting public service and enhancing the leadership skills of congressional staff. He also serves as an adjunct research staff member at the Institute for Defense Analyses, with a focus on defense management, cost, and acquisition policy issues, and analysis of the implementation of the National Defense Strategy.


“We’re delighted to welcome these three highly qualified individuals to the board,” said Michael B. Donley, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Their addition will shape our strategic perspective and ensures Aerospace will remain the nation’s trusted partner for solving the hardest problems in space.”


Aerospace’s Board of Trustees have a myriad of backgrounds, representing academic and scientific institutions, and public and government interests, which bring these points of view to the corporation’s activities. With more than half of the board’s 18 members being women and people of color, the company is committed to increasing diverse representation within all levels of the corporation.


About The Aerospace Corporation

The Aerospace Corporation is a national nonprofit corporation that operates a federally funded research and development center and has approximately 4,000 employees nationwide. With major locations in El Segundo, Calif.; Albuquerque, N.M.; Colorado Springs, Colo.; and Washington, D.C., Aerospace addresses complex problems with agility, innovation, and objective technical leadership across the space enterprise and other areas of national significance. For more information, visit Follow us on Twitter: @AerospaceCorp.


SpaceRef staff editor.