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(Phone: 407/867-2468) RELEASE: 90-3 TRULY MAKES KEY APPOINTMENTS
January 5, 1990 3 P.M. EST
NASA Administrator Richard H. Truly today named Thomas E. Utsman as the Deputy Associate Administrator for Space Flight (Management) and James A. "Gene" Thomas as the Deputy Director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center, Fla. In his new capacity, Utsman will have overall responsibility for assisting William B. Lenoir, Associate Administrator for Space Flight, in the day-to-day oversight management of the Space Flight programs. Specific responsibilities will include overseeing procurement activities, assessing program management performance and conducting long-range operational planning. George Abbey continues in his capacity as Deputy Associate Administrator. Utsman was both Deputy Director of Kennedy Space Center, a post he held since August 1985, and Director of Space Transportation System Mangement and Operations, with responsibility for the engineering management and technical direction of return-toflight activities in the post-Challenger era, which he performed from December 1986 until March 1989. Utsman began his NASA career in 1963 as a facilities design engineer in the Apollo program. In 1971 he was named to head the Design Engineering Directorate's Project Engineering Office, which was assigned the task of converting old facilities and building new facilities for launching the Space Shuttle. He subsequently served as Deputy Director of Project Management; Associate Director of Design Engineering; Director, Operations
Management; Deputy Director and Director of Technical Support; Director of Shuttle Operations; and Director of Shuttle Management and Operations. -more-2Born in Detroit, Michigan, Utsman was graduated from Fordson High School, Dearborn, in 1954. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan in 1958 and a Master's Degree in Management from Florida State University in 1968. Utsman has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the NASA Distinguished Service Medal and, most recently, the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive for his outstanding contributions to the Space Shuttle return-to-flight effort. Thomas, who will serve as Deputy Director under Forrest S. McCartney, has been the KSC Director of Safety, Reliability and Quality Assurance since January 1987. In that post he has been responsible for developing and implementing overall safety policy and procedures at KSC and activities relating to KSC progams at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. He joined NASA in 1962 and served as lead engineer for prelaunch testing and checkout of communications systems on the Apollo spacecraft. Thomas became active in Space Shuttle activities early in the progam, serving as the lead flight project engineer on the KSC engineering team which participated in Orbiter Vehicle 101 (Enterprise) Approach and Landing Tests conducted at Edwards AFB, Calif., in 1976 and 1977. From November 1977 until June 1983, Thomas was lead orbiter flight project engineer for the Space Shuttle orbiter Columbia, first vehicle in the fleet to begin space flight. He later became chief shuttle flight project engineer, Shuttle Engineering Directorate, with overall responsibility for integration of all
testing and checkout of Shuttle orbiters, external tanks and solid rocket booster flight hardware. From September 1985 until December 1986, Thomas served as Acting Director and subsequently Director, of Shuttle Launch and Landing Operations. A native of Meridian, Miss., Thomas received his Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Mississippi State University in 1962. He was graduated from Florida State University with a master's degree in technical management in 1973. His awards include the NASA Exceptional Service Medal in 1981 and the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 1989. - endTO: MDS/PRA Group 1615 L Street, N.W. - Suite 100 Washington, D.C. 20036 DATE & TIME: FRIDAY, JANUARY 5, 1990. 3:30 P.M. ORDERED BY: Edward Campion NASA Headquarters/LMD 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20546 PHONE: 202/453-8400 PROJECT TITLE: Release No: 90-3 PRINT ORDER: 2188 PRINTING: Camera Ready, lst pg on NASA logo, other pages plain ENCLOSE & MAIL: Release of 2 pages MAIL DATE: MONDAU. JANUARY 8, 1990 EXTRA COPIES: Deliver specified quanities to locations below:
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