U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Thomas Q. Donaldson V has been appointed director of the John C. Stennis Space Center, NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe announced Wednesday. Donaldson will take over Jan. 5.
"Admiral Donaldson is an experienced leader and manager,'' O'Keefe said in a statement. "Combined with his leadership and management abilities, honed in the naval service, and his record in safety and quality assurance, Tom is a great addition to the One-NASA team.''
Donaldson was commander of the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (NMOC) at Stennis. He was selected for rear admiral (lower half) in February 2000 and took command of NMOC in November 2000. In April 2001, he was designated hydrographer of the Navy by the chief of naval operations, representing U.S. naval interests internationally.
He will replace Michael Rudolphi, Stennis' interim director since May. Rudolphi will move to the Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Ala., where he will serve as manager of the Space Shuttle Propulsion Office.
Donaldson graduated in 1975 from the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Md. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in Physical Oceanography and Meteorology from the Naval Academy and a Master of Science degree in National Strategic Studies from the National War College, Washington.
His awards include two Legions of Merit, three Meritorious Service Medals and three Navy Commendation Medals. He also received four Meritorious Unit Commendations, which represent exceptional teamwork and effort at two shore commands and two ship commands.