Wed, May 27, 2009
Former Executive Director Tapped For One Of The Top Spots
The National Space Society (NSS) has offered its congrats to
retired Marine Major General and four-time Space Shuttle Astronaut
Charles Bolden on his nomination to the office of NASA
Administrator, and Lori Garver on her nomination to the office of
Deputy Administrator. President Barack Obama announced both
nominations on Saturday.
"This is an exciting time for NASA and the space industry as a
whole," said Mark Hopkins, Senior Vice President of NSS. "NASA is
rebuilding its human exploration capabilities and the private
sector is making real progress toward commercial access to space.
Garver understands the importance of both. Bolden has the hands-on
experience necessary to guide NASA into the next phase of its
mission. We look forward to interacting with Garver and Bolden as
they make decisions about the next steps toward a spacefaring
Bolden was selected by NASA as an astronaut in 1980, flying four
missions aboard the space shuttles Columbia, Discovery and
Atlantis. Over the course of these four space flights, Bolden
logged more than 680 hours in orbit. He was selected for induction
into the Astronaut Hall of Fame in 2006.
Bolden left NASA and returned to the operating forces of the
U.S. Marine Corps as the Deputy Commandant of Midshipmen at the
Naval Academy, in Annapolis, Maryland in June of 1994. Before
retiring in 2003, Bolden had attained the rank of Major General. He
retired from the United States Marine Corps on January 1, 2003
after serving 34 and a half years. He is currently the CEO of
JACKandPANTHER LLC, a small business enterprise providing
leadership, military, and aerospace consulting as well as
Bolden received a Bachelor of Science degree from the U.S. Naval
Academy, a Master of Science degree in systems management from the
University of Southern California, and is a graduate of the U.S.
Naval Test Pilot School at Patuxent River, Maryland.
Lori Garver was the second Executive Director of the newly
formed National Space Society that resulted from the merger between
the L-5 Society and the National Space Institute. She served in
this role for 9 years until her departure for NASA in 1998. She was
most recently the President of Capital Space, LLC, and served as
Senior Advisor for Space at the Avascent Group, a consulting firm
based in Washington, D.C. She was the lead civil space policy
advisor for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and she helped
lead the Agency Review Team for NASA during the transition. From
1998 to 2001, Garver served as NASA Associate Administrator for the
Office of Policy and Plans. During this period, Garver also served
as a primary spokesperson for NASA.
Garver earned B.A. in Political Science and Economics from
Colorado College and an M.S. in Science, Technology, and Public
Policy from George Washington University.
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