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NASA administrator

Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NASA Seal
Constituent part of the Administrator's standard
Term length
At the pleasure of the President
Inaugural holder Thomas Keith Glennan
Website Charles F. Bolden, NASA

The Administrator and Deputy Administrator of NASA are the highest-ranked officials of NASA, the space agency of the United States. The Administrator serves as the senior space science adviser to the President of the United States. According to NASA, the role of the Administrator is to "lead the NASA team and manage its resources to advance the Vision for Space Exploration."[1] The Deputy Administrator of NASA "serves as the agency’s second in command and is responsible to the administrator for providing overall leadership, planning, and policy direction for the agency. [He or she] represents NASA to the Executive Office of the President, Congress, heads of federal and other appropriate government agencies, international organizations, and external organizations and communities. [He or she] also oversees the day to day work of NASA’s functional offices, such as the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of General Counsel and Strategic Communications", according to NASA (referring to Shana Dale).[2]

The first Administrator of NASA was Dr. T. Keith Glennan; during his term he brought together the disparate projects in space development research in the US.[3] Daniel Goldin held the post for the longest term (nearly 10 years), and is best known for pioneering the "faster, better, cheaper" approach to space programs.[4] The only person to hold the post twice is James C. Fletcher, who returned to NASA following the Challenger disaster.[5]

The longest-running (acting) Deputy Administrator was John R. Dailey, who held the post following his retirement from the United States Marine Corps.[6] The longest-running full Deputy Administrator was Hugh Latimer Dryden, who was the first Deputy Administrator.[7] William R. Graham has held the post of Deputy Administrator twice, and was the acting Administrator in between,[8] as did Frederick D. Gregory.[9] Dr. Daniel Mulville served as the acting Deputy Administrator twice, and was acting Administrator in between.[10]

The current Administrator of NASA is Charles Bolden, and Lori Garver is the Deputy Administrator. Their nomination was announced on May 24, 2009 by President Barack Obama,[11] they were formally appointed upon successful confirmation by the United States Senate on July 15, 2009[12][13][14] and they started their positions on July 17, 2009.[15]

Administrators

Photograph Name Term start Term end Term length Ref(s)
GlennanDr. T. Keith Glennan 1958-08-19August 19, 1958 1961-01-20January 20, 1961 0885885 days [16]
DrydenDr. Hugh L. Dryden (acting) 1961-01-21January 21, 1961 1961-02-14February 14, 1961 002424 days [16]
WebbJames E. Webb 1961-02-14February 14, 1961 1968-10-07October 7, 1968 27922792 days [16]
PaineDr. Thomas O. Paine (acting) 1968-10-08October 8, 1968 1969-03-21March 21, 1969 0164164 days [16]
PaineDr. Thomas O. Paine 1969-03-21March 21, 1969 1970-09-15September 15, 1970 0543543 days [16]
LowDr. George M. Low (acting) 1970-09-16September 16, 1970 1971-04-26April 26, 1971 0222222 days [16]
FletcherDr. James C. Fletcher 1971-04-27April 27, 1971 1977-05-01May 1, 1977 21962196 days [16]
LovelaceDr. Alan M. Lovelace (acting) 1977-05-02May 2, 1977 1977-06-20June 20, 1977 004949 days [16]
FroschDr. Robert A. Frosch 1977-06-21June 21, 1977 1981-01-20January 20, 1981 13091309 days [16]
LovelaceDr. Alan M. Lovelace (acting) 1981-01-21January 21, 1981 1981-07-10July 10, 1981 0170170 days [16]
BeggsJames M. Beggs 1981-07-10July 10, 1981 1985-12-04December 4, 1985 16081608 days [16]
GrahamDr. William R. Graham (acting) 1985-12-04December 4, 1985 1986-05-11May 11, 1986 0158158 days [16]
FletcherDr. James C. Fletcher 1986-05-12May 12, 1986 1989-04-08April 8, 1989 10621062 days [16]
MyersDale D. Myers (acting) 1989-04-08April 8, 1989 1989-05-13May 13, 1989 003535 days [16]
TrulyVAdm (Ret.) Richard H. Truly (acting) 1989-05-14May 14, 1989 1989-06-30=June 30, 1989 004747 days [16]
TrulyVAdm (Ret.) Richard H. Truly 1989-07-01July 1, 1989 1992-03-31March 31, 1992 10041004 days [16]
GoldinDaniel S. Goldin 1992-04-01April 1, 1992 2001-11-17November 17, 2001 35173517 days [16]
MulvilleDr. Daniel R. Mulville (acting) 2001-11-19November 19, 2001 2001-12-21December 21, 2001 003232 days [16]
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O'KeefeSean O'Keefe 2001-12-21December 21, 2001 2005-02-11February 11, 2005 11481148 days [16]
GregoryCol (Ret.) Frederick D. Gregory (acting) 2005-02-11February 11, 2005 2005-04-14April 14, 2005 006262 days [16]
GriffinDr. Michael D. Griffin 2005-04-14April 14, 2005 2009-01-20January 20, 2009 13771377 days [1][16]
ScoleseChristopher Scolese (acting) 2009-01-21January 21, 2009 2009-07-16July 16, 2009 0176176 days [16]
BoldenMaj. Gen. Charles F. Bolden, Jr. 2009-07-15July 17, 2009 2009Present 18391839+ days [13][16]

Deputy Administrators

Photograph Name Term start Term end Term length Ref(s)
DrydenDr. Hugh L. Dryden 1958-08-19August 19, 1958 1965-12-02December 2, 1965 26622662 days [16]
SeamansDr. Robert C. Seamans, Jr. 1965-12-21December 21, 1965 1968-01-05January 5, 1968 0745745 days [16]
PaineDr. Thomas O. Paine 1968-03-25March 25, 1968 1969-03-20March 20, 1969 0360360 days [16]
LowDr. George M. Low 1969-12-03December 3, 1969 1976-06-05June 5, 1976 23762376 days [16]
LovelaceDr. Alan M. Lovelace 1976-07-02July 2, 1976 1981-07-10July 10, 1981 18341834 days [16]
MarkDr. Hans Mark 1981-07-10July 10, 1981 1984-09-01September 1, 1984 11491149 days [16]
GrahamDr. William R. Graham 1985-11-25November 25, 1985 1985-12-04December 4, 1985 00099 days [16]
GrahamDr. William R. Graham 1986-05-11May 11, 1986 1986-10-01October 1, 1986 0143143 days [16]
MyersDale D. Myers 1986-10-06October 6, 1986 1989-05-13May 13, 1989 0950950 days [16]
ThompsonJames R. Thompson, Jr. 1989-07-06July 6, 1989 1991-11-08November 8, 1991 0885885 days [16]
CohenAaron Cohen (acting) 1992-02-19February 19, 1992 1992-11-01November 1, 1992 0256256 days [16]
DaileyJohn R. Dailey (acting) 1992-11-03November 3, 1992 1999-12-31December 31, 1999 31733173 days [16]
MulvilleDr. Daniel Mulville (acting) 2000-01-01January 1, 2000 2001-11-19November 19, 2001 0688688 days [16]
Mulville2Dr. Daniel Mulville (acting) 2001-12-21December 21, 2001 2002-08-11August 11, 2002 0233233 days [16]
GregoryFrederick D. Gregory 2002-08-12August 12, 2002 2005-02-20February 20, 2005 0923923 days [16]
Gregory2Frederick D. Gregory 2005-04-14April 14, 2005 2005-11-04November 4, 2005 0204204 days [16]
DaleShana Dale 2005-11-04November 4, 2005 2009-01-17January 17, 2009 11711171 days [16]
GarverLori Garver 2009-07-16July 17, 2009 2009 18391839+ days [16]

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