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NASA Oral History Project: Administrators

This ongoing NASA Oral History Project captures information from the individuals who were involved in key positions with the Space Agency.

Abrahamson, James A.

Associate Administrator, Space Shuttle Program

Aldridge, Edward C.
5-29-09 (267K)

Commission on the Implementation of U.S. Exploration Policy
Beggs, James M.
3-7-02 (479K)

Assistant Administrator, Office of Advanced Research and Technology, NASA Headquarters, 1968-1969
NASA Administrator
, NASA Headquarters, 1981-1985

Bingham, Jeff M.
11-9-06 (143K)

Senior Adviser for Space, Aeronautics and Related Sciences, Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee

Cepollina, Frank J.
6-11-13 (199K)

Goddard Space Flight Center
Associate Director, Satellite Servicing Capabilities Office (SSCO)

Dailey, John R.

Director, National Air and Space Museum
Acting Associate Deputy Administrator, NASA Headquarters

Earls, Julian M.
2-22-06 (191K)

2-23-06 (174K)
Head, Health Physics Section, Nuclear Systems Division; Chief, Health, Safety, and Security Division, Administration and Computer Services Directorate; Director, Office of Health Services; Assistant Deputy Director, Business Resources Development; Director and Chief Information Officer, Administration and Computer Services; Deputy Director, Operations; Deputy Director, Director, Glenn Research Center (Lewis Research Center), 1968-2005
Finger, Harold B
5-16-02 (441K)
Bio Sheet (82K)
Engineer, NACA Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory, 1944-1957
Director, Nuclear Systems, NASA Headquarters, 1958-1967
Associate Administrator, Organization and Management, NASA Headquarters, 1967-1969
Fisk, Lennard A.
9-8-10 (142K)
9-9-10 (152K)

Chief Scientist, Associate Administrator of Space Science and Applications, NASA HQ, 1987-1993
Astrophysicist, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 1971-1977

Francois, Stephen M.
7-22-08 (154K)

Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Propulsion and Mechanical Engineer, Centaur Division, Expendable Launch Directorate
Branch Chief,
Centaur Propulsion and Mechanical Branch
Launch Operations Division
Shuttle Payload Operations Directorate
Space Station and Shuttle Payloads
Program Manager
,Launch Services Program

Frankle, Edward A.
11-18-03 (283K)
Bio Sheet (29K)

Chief Counsel, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 1982-1985
Deputy General Counsel, NASA Headquarters, 1985-1988
General Counsel, NASA Headquarters, 1988-2001
Frutkin, Arnold W.
1-11-02 (356K)
3-8-02 (221K)
NASA Assistant Administrator for International Affairs, NASA Headquarters, 1963-1978
Hale, N. Wayne

Propulsion Officer, Mission Operations Directorate (1978–1985)
Head, Integrated Communications Section, Mission Operations Directorate (1985)
Head, Propulsion Systems Section, Mission Operations Directorate (1986–1988)
Flight Director, Mission Operations Directorate (1988–2003)
Deputy Chief Shuttle Operations, Flight Director Office, (2001–2003)
Launch Integration Manager, Space Shuttle Program – KSC, Florida (2003)
Deputy Manager, Space Shuttle Program (2003–2005)
Director, Space Shuttle Program (2005-2008)
Deputy Program Administrator, Strategic Partnerships, NASA HQ, Washington, DC

Hinners, Noel W.
8-18-10 (145K)
8-19-10 (173K)

Apollo science and site selection, Apollo Program, Bellcomm, Inc., 1963-1972
Deputy Director, Lunar Programs, Office of Space Science, NASA HQ, 1972-1974
Associate Administrator for Space Science, 1974-1979
Director, National Air and Space Museum, 1979-1982
Director, Goddard Space Flight Center, 1982-1987
Associate Deputy Administrator, Chief Scientist, NASA HQ, 1987-1989

Huntoon, Carolyn
6-5-02 (290K)
4-21-08 (87K)

Center Director, NASA Johnson Space Center, 1994-1995

Huntress, Wesley T.
4-29-02 (323K)
Bio Sheet (102K)
Research Scientist, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA, 1968-1988 
Deputy Director, Earth Science and Applications Division, NASA Headquarters, 1988-1990
Director, Solar System Exploration Division, NASA Headquarters, 1990-1993
Associate Administrator, Space Science, NASA Headquarters, 1993-1998
Jenkins, Harriet G.
8-5-11 (273K)
Assistant Administrator, Equal Opportunity Programs,1974-1992
Kennel, Charles F.
4-29-02 (329K)
Associate Administrator, NASA Mission to Planet Earth Enterprise, NASA Headquarters, 1994-96
NASA Advisory Council, 1998 -
Lovelace, Alan M.
7-14-11 (130K)

Associate Administrator, NASA Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology
NASA Deputy Administrator
NASA Acting Administrator

Mather, John C.
6-11-13 (260K)

Goddard Space Flight Center
Senior Astrophysicist
, Observational Cosmology Laboratory,
Winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics, 2006

Mulville, Daniel R.
6-13-13 (239K)

NASA Headquarters
Deputy Director,
Materials and Structures Division, Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology
Engineering and Quality Management Division, Safety and Mission Assurance
Chief Engineer
Associate Deputy Administrator
Acting Administrator

Nafzger, Richard L.
6-12-13 (285K)

Goddard Space Flight Center
Television Engineer
Senior Video Engineer

Team Lead in search for Apollo 11 film

O'Keefe, Sean

Administrator, NASA Headquarters

Joseph H.

Bio Sheet (29K)
3-12-04 (477K)

Hubble Space Telescope Operations Manager, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 1983-1987
Chief, Mission Operations Division, Mission Operations and Data Systems Directorate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 1987-1989
Deputy Director, Mission Operations and Data Systems Directorate, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 1989-1990
Associate Director for Hubble Space Telescope Flight Projects, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 1990-1994
Deputy Center Director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 1995
Center Director, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, 1995-1998
Associate Administrator, Office of Space Flight, NASA Headquarters, 1998-2001

Schenk, Henry J.
6-13-13 (189K)

Goddard Space Flight Center
, Test and Integration Group
Associate STDN Program Manager, Systems, Planning and Analysis
Associate Program Manager, Nascom Communications
Associate Program Manager, Networks
Deputy Program Manager, Project and Mission Management Department
Director, Deep Space Network Program
GSFC Customer Services Director, CSOC Contract
NEN Commercialization Services Manager

Soper, Josie A.
4-19-06 (210K)

Administrative Support, Public Affairs, Legislative Affairs, Office of the Administrator, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C, 1962-2006.

Stadd, Courtney A.
1-7-03 (113K)
1-8-02 (81K)
11-19-03 (268K)
Deputy Associate Administrator, Office of Advanced Concepts and Technology, and Special Assistant to the Administrator, NASA Headquarters, 1992-1993
, Presidential Transition Team, December 2000

Chief of Staff and White House Liaison
, NASA Headquarters, 2001-2003
Stafford, Thomas P.
Bio Sheet
Gemini, Apollo, and Apollo-Soyuz Test Project Astronaut
Taub, William P.
11-8-06 (84K)

Photographer, NACA, Langley Research Center, Hampton, VA
Photographer, NASA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., 1941-1975

Thompson, J. R.
4-29-02 (192K)
Director George C. Marshall Space Flight Center, Alabama, 1986-1989
NASA Deputy Administrator, NASA Headquarters, 1989-1991
Truly, Richard H.
6 -16-03 (47K)

Bio Sheet (29K)
Space Shuttle Astronaut
Associate Administrator for Space Flight (1986-1989)
Administrator for Space Flight (1989-1992)
Young, A. Thomas
6 10-13 (313K)
Director, Goddard Center
Deputy Director, Ames Research Center
Director, Planetary Program, Office of Space Science, NASA Headquarters
Mission Director, Project Viking Mars Landing Program, Langley Research Center

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Transcript lists were last updated: Dec. 30, 2015

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