Thu, May 15, 2003
Stennis Director Gets Hot Seat in Shuttle Program
Since Shuttle director Ron
Dittemore announced his imminent retirement
April 23, the short list of likely successors has been whittled
down, and now there's just one: William Parsons.
Parsons, 47, has been director at NASA's Stennis facility in
Mississippi since the retirement of Roy Estess on August 25 of
2001. He's a Marine, and an engineer. He joined NASA in 1990. He
will work with the retiring Dittemore for a short time, and take
over entirely when Mr D leaves, in a few weeks.
He said he knows what the new job could entail, and he enters
it, he said, "with a bit of trepidation." He continued, "This is a
big challenge for me and I had to think through it," before
accepting the position.
Apparently more a scientific than political mind, he was asked
if the Shuttle program will continue. He's waiting, as are the rest
of us, for the findings of the Columbia disaster board;
but he said that, "If things need to be changed, we will change
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