HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has named Jody Singer the first woman director of Marshall Space Flight Center.
Singer has been acting director of the center since Todd May retired from the position in July. She has been deputy director of Marshall since February 2016.
A native of Hartselle, Singer earned her bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering from the University of Alabama in 1983. In her role as director, Singer will lead one of NASA’s largest field installations.
Singer started with NASA in 1985 as an engineer in the agency's professional intern program. She also worked 25 years in various aspects of the space shuttle program, including the return to flight after the Columbia shuttle tragedy.
Singer was a deputy for the space shuttle, Ares and Space Launch System startup programs from 2010-2012. She managed the Flight Programs and Partnerships Office from 2013-2016.
Singer has been awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal and two Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive Awards during her career.
Elected officials voiced their approval of Singer shortly after news of her selection.
"Jody Singer is an excellent choice to lead Marshall Spaceflight Center,” said Sen. Richard Shelby. “Her deep understanding of the Space Launch System and other critical NASA projects, along with her dedication to MSFC and the entire agency, make her the ideal candidate for this position.”
"With a career spanning 30 years at NASA, most recently as acting director of Marshall, Jody has the breadth of experience and extensive knowledge needed to lead the center during this exciting return to manned deep space exploration," U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks said.
Doug Jones congratulating Jody Singer on being named the new Director of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. “A proud Hartselle, Alabama native and University of Alabama graduate, Jody has served at NASA for more than three decades and has gained the skills needed to take the Marshall Space Flight Center to the next level," Sen. Jones said in a statement. "I am confident she is the right person for the job, which comes at a time when space travel and security are increasingly gaining national attention. Her appointment as the first woman in this important position is historic and will also serve as an inspiration to young women who are thinking about careers in the STEM field. Her deep knowledge of the subject matter, proven leadership skills as acting director, and strong ties to Alabama will serve her well as she officially takes the reins at Marshall and further bolsters its reputation as a leader in spaceflight, research, and exploration.”