Daniel S. Goldin, administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
(NASA), will join the Council on Competitiveness as a senior fellow
in late November. Goldin announced today that he will resign from
NASA, where he has led the nation’s space program for nearly a
decade, effective November 17.

“We applaud Dan Goldin’s extraordinary leadership of the space
program and we are delighted to welcome him to the Council,” says
Raymond V. Gilmartin, Council chair and chairman, president, and
CEO of Merck & Co., Inc. “As a senior fellow, Dan will serve as
advisor to the Council in shaping its agenda and implementing its
programs. Indeed, his leadership and expertise will be valuable
assets as we move forward in the coming months to pursue an action
agenda for U.S. leadership in the global marketplace, technological
innovation, and education.” Goldin will maintain an office at the
Council headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Goldin was appointed NASA administrator on April 1, 1992, by
President George H.W. Bush and has been the agency’s
longest-serving chief. During his tenure at NASA, he focused on
transforming America’s aeronautics and space program, including
increased funding for science and aerospace technology. Before
coming to NASA, he was vice president and general manager of the
TRW Space Program in Redondo Beach, CA. He is a member of the
National Academy of Engineers and a Fellow of the American
Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.

Founded in 1985, the Council on Competitiveness is a nonpartisan
forum of corporate chief executives, university presidents, and
labor leaders working to set a national action agenda to strengthen
U.S. economic competitiveness while boosting the standard of living
for all Americans. Raymond V. Gilmartin, chairman, president, and
CEO of Merck & Co., Inc., is Council chairman.