Chief of Staff Courtney Stadd Announces Plans to Leave Agency

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, May 27, 2003

Courtney A. Stadd, NASA Chief of Staff and White House Liaison, today announced plans to leave the agency, effective July 4. Stadd, who led President Bush's NASA transition team and worked with two NASA administrators in helping to cast the strategic direction of the agency, plans to pursue opportunities in the private sector.

"I've been very honored to serve the President and my colleagues at NASA. Working at NASA, which I regard as one of the most dynamic and exciting agencies in the federal government, has truly been the dream of a lifetime. On top of that, I had the privilege to work for an Administrator who cares deeply about effective management and the welfare of the workforce. But I feel it's time to move on to new challenges and new opportunities," said Stadd in making the announcement.

NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe praised Stadd's dedication and loyalty to both the President and NASA. "Courtney has been a faithful public servant and a creative leader who knows how to motivate people and get things done," added Administrator O'Keefe. "He knows the aerospace industry, he knows NASA, and he knows how to articulate and carry forward the agency's goals and objectives."

He also helped Administrator O'Keefe lead the implementation of the President's Management Agenda, a comprehensive reform effort designed to look at how government goes about its business and how it treats the people it serves.

In recent months, Stadd has led numerous important NASA initiatives, including "Freedom To Manage," which is designed to take a critical look at the agency's rules, regulations and procedures, and take steps to make the NASA workforce more effective, efficient, and accountable. For the past 25 years, Stadd has worked in the private and public arenas with a primary focus on identifying aerospace and high tech- related market-driven opportunities. He has held senior positions in the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the White House.

During his career, Stadd has been associated with the emergence of the commercial space transportation, satellite remote sensing and commercial space research industry sectors, along with the Global Positioning System. He has also worked in various capacities with the aerospace industry, including co-founding several satellite and space transportation organizations.

"Courtney's career has been dedicated to the advancement and development of space," concluded Administrator O'Keefe. " His insight and expertise and enthusiasm will be missed. I wish him the best."

In the late 1970s, Stadd was General Manager of the National Space Institute (now called the National Space Society), founded by space pioneer Wernher von Braun, which is dedicated to promoting public support for the space program.

He has been honored with numerous awards, including the 2002 U.S. Space Foundation Certificate of Honor, the Washington Space Business Roundtable's Public Service Award, the 1994 American Astronautical Society's Lloyd V. Berkner Award and NASA's highest honor The Distinguished Service Medal.

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