It's Destiny, Don't You Think?
William F. Readdy
(right), Associate Administrator for Space Flight at NASA
Headquarters in Washington, has named James W. Kennedy as the new
Director of the agency's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.
Kennedy has served as KSC's Deputy Director since November
He will succeed General Roy Bridges, who was appointed to lead
NASA's Langley Research Center, Hampton (VA), June 13.
"Along with his impeccable credentials, Jim brings stability to
KSC at a time when we need it," Readdy said making the
announcement. "As we prepare to implement the findings of the
Columbia Accident Investigation Board, Jim's knowledge of
the Space Shuttle and his leadership abilities are essential in
making our 'Return to Flight' effort a success," he said.
Prior to his assignment to KSC in 2002, Kennedy was deputy
director of NASA's George C. Marshall Space Flight Center in
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Kennedy (below, right) also served as project manager for
major initiatives, such as the X-34 and the DC-XA, and he led the
One NASA effort to help make the agency more effective and
efficient by encouraging teamwork across all field centers. In
early 1996, he was the manager for Marshall's Space Shuttle
Projects Resident Office at KSC.
Kennedy returned to
Marshall when he received a Senior Executive Service appointment in
September 1996 and was named manager of the Solid Rocket Booster
In 1998, he was selected as the Deputy Director of Science and
Engineering, where he was responsible for establishing and
maintaining a nationally-recognized research and development
capability in space research and technology. One year later, he
became the Director of Engineering.
"Jim is the right person we need at the helm of the Kennedy
Space Center, as we prepare to return to safe flight," added NASA
Administrator Sean O'Keefe. "He's a distinguished engineer and a
devoted public servant. I know his colleagues at KSC will give Jim
their full support, and I am confident, under his guidance, the
center will meet and exceed all the objectives facing us in the
coming months," O'Keefe said.
A Devoted NASA 'Lifer'
Kennedy first joined NASA in 1968 in the Aerospace Engineering
Cooperative Education program at KSC. He earned a bachelor's degree
in mechanical engineering from Auburn University (AL), in 1972.
After being called to active duty in the U.S. Air Force, he earned
his master's degree in business administration from Georgia
Southern University, Statesboro, in 1977.
Kennedy has received numerous awards during his NASA career,
including Marshall's Leadership Award, NASA's Silver Snoopy Award,
a Distinguished Service Medal and a Meritorious Rank Award. He also
has received a Group Achievement Award and several Special Service
and Performance Awards. In 2003, Kennedy received the National
Space Club's Astronautics Engineer of the Year Award.