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Stennis Space Center announces senior leadership changes

NASA has announced a pair of leadership changes at Stennis Space Center with John Bailey assuming the role of associate director following the retirement of Ken Human.

Bailey, a native of Mobile, Alabama, and resident of Picayune, Mississippi, previously served as Stennis Engineering and Test Directorate director. He joined the NASA team at Stennis in 1999 after serving as a civilian communications engineer for the U.S. Air Force. He has served in multiple positions at Stennis, including as strategic business manager, deputy manager of external affairs, science and technology chief, technology development and transfer chief and intellectual property/dual use technology manager. Since 2015, he has managed the largest Stennis directorate, which includes rocket propulsion testing and advanced space technology development.

“Without a doubt, John will serve this role well,” Stennis Director Rick Gilbrech said. “His strong, diverse background spans a broad range of experiences across multiple organizations, which has given him a thorough understanding of the agency’s mission and strategic goals and how they relate to the work being done here at Stennis.”

Human, a resident of Covington, Louisiana, has served almost 40 years with NASA and was named as Stennis associate director in 2010. He joined the Stennis team in 1978 as an attorney and later served as the center’s chief counsel for two decades. In 2007, Human assumed duties as deputy manager of the External Integration Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, supporting the International Space Station Program.

Gilbrech praised Human for his “outstanding executive leadership and guidance” in announcing the change. “He is well known and respected throughout NASA, and he will leave indelible marks on all that he has inspired,” Gilbrech said.

Bailey will be succeeded as director of the Engineering and Test Directorate by Joe Schuyler, who has served as the department deputy since 2016.


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