Dr. Neal Burns Returns to Academic Pursuits

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Dr. Neal M. Burns, who since July has served as a special assistant to the Administrator and acting Chief of Strategic Communications, has decided to return full time to his family and his academic career at the University of Texas at Austin.

"When Neal joined us, I asked him to commit to a couple of months to help us focus our long range communications strategy. He has done an exemplary job and dramatically improved the coordination among public affairs, legislative affairs and external relations," said Administrator Sean O'Keefe. "Thanks to Neal, we now have a running head-start on our broader communication imperatives. I want to thank him for his efforts and wish him well in his future endeavors."

Dr. Burns worked to help develop communications strategies to better communicate the Vision for Space Exploration for the NASA family and audiences outside the agency.

His relationship with NASA dates back to 1959, when he directed studies on aviation safety and survival and tested cockpit designs and astronaut mobility for the Mercury and Apollo astronauts.

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