Mark Hess Headquarters, Washington, D.C. December 16, 1991 (Phone: 202/453-4164) Ed Campion Headquarters, Washington, D.C.

(Phone: 202/453-1134) Release: 91-208 Nicholson Named Shuttle Program Director Leonard S. Nicholson today was named Director, Space Shuttle program replacing Robert L. Crippen who, as previously announced, will become the Director, Kennedy Space Center (KSC), Fla. Nicholson's new position becomes effective Jan. 1, 1992. Nicholson will head up the restructured Space Shuttle organization from KSC. The restructured Space Shuttle organization reflects recommendations made to NASA by former Deputy Administrator James R. Thompson to streamline Shuttle management by dissolving the Shuttle Program Office at NASA Headquarters and locating the core of the Shuttle Program Managment Team at KSC. Effective Jan. 1, the Program Director function will reside at KSC. Functions formerly conducted at Headquarters, such as systems engineering and analysis, program control and development of the Shuttle manifest, will be consolidated under the Program Director at the field offices. A small Space Shuttle program staff will remain at NASA Headquarters to support necessary external activities and to provide a continuous linkage between Headquarters and the program in the field. A complete description of the restructured program

organization will be released shortly after the first of the year. Civil service personnel who served in the Shuttle Program Office at NASA Headquarters are being relocated into other divisions at Headquarters. Nicholson currently serves as Deputy Director, Space Shuttle Program, where he is responsible for the development of the Space Shuttle Program's elements, including the orbiter, external tank, solid rocket boosters, Space Shuttle main engines, the facilities required to support mission operations and in the planning necessary to efficiently conduct Space Shuttle operations. - more -2Nicholson was named to his current position in 1989. Prior to that, he served as Manager, National STS Integration and Operations, NSTS, Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston. Nicholson joined NASA in 1963 as an aerospace engineer in the Spacecraft Integration Branch at JSC. He has held a number of senior positions at JSC, including Technical Assistant to the Manager, Apollo program; Manager, STS Operations Office, Shuttle Payload Integration and Development Program; Technical Assistant to the Director; and Manager, Mission Integration Office, National STS Program. A 1963 graduate of West Virginia University with a M.S. in mechanical engineering, Nicholson has received a number of NASA awards, including the Exceptional Service Medal and two NASA Outstanding Leadership Medals. Born in Atlanta, Ga., Nicholson is married to the former Linda Fogarty of New Orleans, La. -end-