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From: NASA Marshall News 
Sent: Friday, May 23, 2003 3:14 PM
Subject: DAVID A. KING NAMED MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER DIRECTOR

Glenn Mahone/Bob Jacobs
Headquarters, Washington 					May 23,
2003
(Phone: 202/358-1898/1600)

Jerry Berg
Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala.
(Phone: 256/544-0034)

RELEASE: 03-181

DAVID A. KING NAMED MARSHALL SPACE FLIGHT CENTER DIRECTOR

NASA Associate Administrator for Space Flight William F. Readdy today
named
David A. King as the new center director for the Marshall Space Flight
Center, Huntsville, Ala. King is currently Marshall's deputy director
and
will succeed Art Stephenson when Stephenson steps down June 15.

King, whose NASA career began in 1983, has held the number two position
at
Marshall since November 2002. In that capacity, he assisted the center
director in managing a broad range of propulsion, space science and
materials research and development work contributing to the nation's
space
program.

"Dave's closeness to the people and programs at Marshall make him a
natural
selection," Readdy said. "His ability to make critical decisions under
challenging circumstances, comprehensive knowledge of Space Shuttle
systems,
and his demonstrated leadership qualities are vital as we move forward
with
our 'Return to Flight' efforts."

King has also played a key role in NASA's Shuttle recovery operations in
Lufkin, Texas, beginning earlier this year. He was dispatched to Lufkin
within hours of the accident and immediately began serving as the senior
on-site NASA official, directing efforts to search for clues and recover
debris from the Feb. 1 accident.

He was instrumental in creating the critical initial work processes;
establishing effective working relationships among numerous federal and
state government agencies; and laying the foundation for the two
subsequent
NASA officials who would share responsibility for leading an effective
recovery from the mishap. 

"There was no blueprint on how to manage a recovery effort of this
magnitude. Dave's devotion and determination, and his ability to manage
thousands of people across multiple diciplines was significant in the
success of the debris recovery process," added NASA Administrator Sean
O'Keefe. "He's committed to the safety and success of the Space Shuttle
program, and I know his colleagues at Marshall are as pleased as I am
about
his selection."

Prior to serving assigned as deputy director at Marshall, King was
director
of Shuttle processing at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Fla., where he
managed
and coordinated all Space Shuttle processing and launch operations,
overseeing the work of approximately 5,400 civil service and contractor
employees.

He coordinated all pre-launch preparations, as well as Shuttle landing
operations. As the senior member of the Shuttle launch team during the
3-day
countdown process, King ultimately made 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 Space Shuttle launches, including
missions to the Mir space station, the International Space Station, and
a
repair mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

The Marshall Center is one of NASA's largest field installations, with
more
than 6,500 civil service and contract employees and an annual budget of
$2.3
billion. 

Additional information about NASA and the Marshall Space Flight Center
is
available on the Internet at:


http://www.nasa.gov 

www.msfc.nasa.gov/BIOS/kingda.html 

www.msfc.nasa.gov 

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