WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden named Dr. Woodrow Whitlow, Jr., the associate administrator for Mission Support at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Whitlow will continue to serve as the director of NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland until a successor is named.

In this new position, Whitlow will be responsible for most NASA management operations, including human capital, budget and systems support as well as a variety of other vital cross agency business, institutional and contract support functions.

“Woodrow is a dedicated and valued member of my senior leadership team, and I am pleased he agreed to accept this new challenge,” Bolden said. “As the agency moves forward, we need to streamline the way we do business with a fresh approach and an eye for strategic management and investments. I know the people of Glenn will miss Woodrow, but the entire agency will again have the opportunity to benefit from his insight and experience.”

As the Glenn director since Dec. 25, 2005, Whitlow has led a workforce of more than 3,400 civil service and support service contractors. The center is distinguished by its unique blend of aeronautics and spaceflight research and development experience.

Before being named director of Glenn, Whitlow served as the deputy director of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. He assisted the director in determining and implementing center policy and managing and implementing the center’s missions and agency program responsibilities. Areas of responsibility included processing, launch, and recovery of launch vehicles, processing of spacecraft and acquisition of launch services.

Prior to his appointment as deputy director at Kennedy, Whitlow was the director of Research and Technology at Glenn.

Whitlow began his NASA career in 1979 as a research scientist at the agency’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Va. He assumed various positions of increasing responsibility before moving to Glenn in 1998. In 1994, he served as director of the Critical Technologies Division in the Office of Aeronautics at NASA Headquarters.

Whitlow earned his bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

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