July 16, 2009
Bolden becomes NASA’s 12th administrator
The U.S. Senate has confirmed former astronaut Charles Frank Bolden Jr. as the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's 12th leader.
Lori Beth Garver was confirmed as the space agency's deputy administrator.
The 62-year-old South Carolina native earned a bachelor of science degree in electrical science from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1968. He completed flight training in 1970 and became a naval aviator, serving as a combat pilot in Southeast Asia and later, as a test pilot. Bolden retired from the Marine Corps in 2003 with the rank of major general.
Garver worked for NASA from 1996 to 2001, serving as a special assistant to the NASA administrator and senior policy analyst for the Office of Policy and Plans, before becoming the associate administrator for the Office of Policy and Plans. As deputy administrator, Garver, a 48-year-old Michigan native, will be responsible for providing overall leadership, planning, and policy direction for the agency.
Bolden's biography is available at http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/bolden_bio.html.
Garver's biography can be found at http://www.nasa.gov/about/highlights/garver_bio.html.