President Obama Nominates Charles Bolden as NASA’s Next Administrator

By Marc Boucher
May 23, 2009
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President Obama Nominates Charles Bolden as NASA’s Next Administrator

President Obama today nominated retired Major General Charles Bolden as NASA’s next administrator. Along with Bolden he nominated Lori Garver to be named Deputy Administrator.

Bolden joined NASA in 1981 and flew four missions, STS-61C in 1986, STS-31 in 1990, STS-45 in 1992, and STS-60 in 1994. He left NASA in 1994 where he became Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the US Naval Academy.

In 2002 Bolden was tapped to become NASA Deputy Administrator but his appointment appears to have been torpedoed by political pressure and he withdrew his name. Since 2004 Bolden has held a wide variety of positions at several corporations including joining the board of directors at GenCorp in 2004.

Biography of Major General Charles Bolden, Nominee for Administrator of NASA

Charles Bolden retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2003 as the Commanding General of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing after serving more than 34 years, and is currently CEO of JackandPanther LLC, a privately-held military and aerospace consulting firm. Gen. Bolden began his service in U.S. Marine Corps in 1968. He flew more than 100 sorties in Vietnam from 1972-73. In 1980, he was selected as an astronaut by NASA, flying two space shuttle missions as pilot and two missions as commander. Following the Challenger accident in 1986, Gen. Bolden was named the Chief of the Safety Division at the Johnson Space Center with responsibilities for overseeing the safety efforts in the return-to-flight efforts. He was appointed Assistant Deputy Administrator of NASA headquarters in 1992. He was Senior Vice President at TechTrans International, Inc. from 2003 until 2005. Gen. Bolden holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis and a M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California.

Biography of Lori Garver, Nominee for Deputy Administrator of NASA

Lori Garver is the President of Capital Space, LLC, and has served as Senior Advisor for Space at the Avascent Group, a strategy and management consulting firm, based in Washington, D.C. She was the lead civil space policy advisor for Obama for America, and she helped lead the Agency Review Team for NASA during the Transition. She has intimate familiarity with the agency and knows well the challenges it faces. From 1998 to 2001, Ms. Garver served as NASA’s Associate Administrator of the Office of Policy and Plans. Reporting to the NASA Administrator, she oversaw the analysis, development, and integration of NASA policies and long-range plans, the NASA Strategic Management System, and the NASA Advisory Council. Ms. Garver also served as a primary spokesperson for NASA. Prior to this appointment, she served as a Senior Policy Analyst for the Office of Policy and Plans, and Special Assistant to the Administrator. Ms. Garver earned an M.S. in Science, Technology, and Public Policy from the George Washington University and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from Colorado College.

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