Sarah Keegan Headquarters, Washington, DC (Phone: 202/358-1600) RELEASE: 98-114

June 26, 1998

NOVAK AND SUTTON NAMED TO KEY NASA ROLES NASA Administrator Daniel S. Goldin today named Vicki A. Novak Associate Administrator for Human Resources and Education and Jeffrey E. Sutton Associate Administrator for Management Systems and Facilities, effective immediately. Novak has 25 years of Federal Government service during which she has served in a variety of human resources positions at the Departments of Commerce, Housing and Urban Development, and Transportation. Since coming to NASA in 1989, she served in several key positions before her selection as Director of Personnel in February 1993. These included Special Assistant to the Director of Personnel, Personnel Officer for NASA Headquarters, and Chief of the Agency Personnel Policy Branch. "Vicki and I discussed the top priorities for the human resources and education organization, and agreed that the safety, care and wellbeing of our workforce is clearly the top priority, " Goldin said. "She will do an outstanding job for the agency." Novak has received many awards during her career, most notably, the Department of Transportation's Secretary's Award for Meritorious Achievement and the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal. Novak is a member of several professional associations including the International Personnel Management Association and the Senior Executives Association, and she is actively involved in raising funds for children's charities. She received her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Tennessee and graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1973. As Associate Administrator for Management Systems and Facilities, Sutton will provide Agencywide executive leadership for the functions of facilities engineering; environmental, security, logistics and aircraft management; contractor industrial relations; and management controls and assessment.

Sutton has over 27 years of Federal service in which he has progressed through a series of increasingly responsible and varied positions at the Air Force and NASA. He has been acting in the associate administrator role since November. Prior to that, among other key assignments at NASA, he served as Director, Supply and Equipment Management Division; Director, Logistics and Security Division; and Director, Security, Logistics, Aircraft, and Industrial Relations Division. ³I stressed to Jeff that I want NASA¹s workplaces to be as safe, efficient and productive as possible. I then charged him to ensure this outcome from the unique vantage point of his oversight of facilities and security around the Agency,² said Goldin. Sutton has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota and Master of Public Administration degree (with honors) from the University of Southern California. The more recent of many awards from the Air Force, NASA and other agencies include the Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, the President¹s Council on Management Improvement Award of Management Excellence, and the General Services Administration Excellence in Administration Award. - end -