Press Release

Ohio Native Janet Watkins named Associate Director of NASA Glenn’s Center

By SpaceRef Editor
July 25, 2012
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Ohio Native Janet Watkins named Associate Director of NASA Glenn’s Center

CLEVELAND — NASA’s Glenn Research Center Director Ray Lugo recently named Janet L. Watkins, a native of Dayton, Ohio, as the center’s Associate Director.

In her new position, Watkins is responsible for the overall management of the institutional operations for Glenn and provides the coordination and integration of institutional activities which cross directorate organizations. She serves as Glenn’s focal point for all institutional functions and coordinates the consideration and evaluation of means to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the services provided by the institutional organizations at the center.

“Janet brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our management team,” said Lugo.”Her solid management and leadership experiences make her a valuable asset as we continue to implement and improve our institutional base at the center.”

From 2010 until appointment to this position, Watkins served as the technical expert/in-sourcing and acting deputy director, Manpower, Personnel and Services at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. In her role as technical expert, she oversaw the development of policies, procedures, concepts and guidance for Air Force Material Command’s (AFMC) In-Sourcing Program providing technical expertise to all AFMC A1 critical missions.

From 2009 to 2010, she served as the organization division chief of Manpower, Personnel and Resources Directorate, United States Air Force (USAF) Headquarters at the Pentagon. From 1989 to 2009, Watkins held a number of increasingly responsible management positions for the USAF.

Watkins received numerous awards for her leadership and professional accomplishments including the Meritorious Civilian Service Award 2009, Notable Achievement Awards 2008 and 2001, and the USAF Manpower and Organization Headquarters-level Senior Civilian Award for Professional Excellence 2003.

Watkins earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio, and her master’s degree in public administration from Central Michigan University.

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