NASA Senior Official Appointments Emphasize 'One NASA' Management Approach

Press Release From: NASA HQ
Posted: Tuesday, September 10, 2002

NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Flight, William F. Readdy, today named James W. Kennedy as Deputy Center Director at NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla., and David A. King, as Deputy Center Director at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., effective November 3.

Kennedy currently serves as Deputy Center Director at Marshall, while King is Director of Shuttle Processing at KSC. The announcement represents an exchange of senior managers between two of NASA's human space flight centers.

The appointments reflect Administrator Sean O'Keefe's 'One NASA' approach to program management, which focuses on enhanced coordination, collaboration and communication among all agency facilities to reach common goals. "These key personnel moves epitomize the concept of One NASA," said Administrator O'Keefe. "They also further the good partnership between Marshall and the Kennedy Space Center and promote executive mobility within the agency."

At Marshall, Kennedy shares management responsibilities with Center Director Art Stephenson for managing one of NASA's largest field centers that employs more than 2,700 civil servants and more than 23,000 contractor personnel. He began his NASA experience as a cooperative education student. Kennedy transferred from KSC to Marshall in 1969 and has held a variety of positions that included Deputy Director and Acting Director for the former Science and Engineering Directorate as well as being named Marshall's Director of Engineering.

Kennedy served in several key positions in NASA's Space Shuttle program, ultimately serving as project manager of the Solid Rocket Booster Project Office. Additionally, he was assigned to the Advanced Space Transportation Project, where he served as project manager of the DC-XA and the X- 34.

As the Director of Shuttle Processing at KSC, King currently manages and coordinates all Space Shuttle processing and launch operations, overseeing the work of approximately 5,400 civil service and contractor employees. He coordinates all pre-launch preparations, as well as Shuttle landing operations. As the senior member of the Shuttle launch team during the 3-day countdown, King ultimately makes the final determination to launch.

King began his NASA career in 1983 as a main propulsion system engineer. He later served as flow director for the Space Shuttle Discovery and then as the acting Deputy Director of the Installation Operations Directorate. He was appointed Deputy Director of Shuttle Processing in 1996, Launch Director in 1997, and Director of Shuttle Processing in 1999.

In addition to those duties, King reassumed the responsibilities as Shuttle Launch Director from July 1999 until the position was filled in August 2000. He served as Launch Director for six Shuttle launches, including missions to the Mir space station, the International Space Station, and the repair of the Hubble Space Telescope.

"I'm pleased that Jim Kennedy and Dave King will serve as key players on our space flight team in the Human Exploration and Development of Space Enterprise while leading the way in demonstrating 'One NASA' for our field activities," said Readdy.

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