Johnson Space Center Director Mark Geyer Moves To New Role

Mark Geyer
Mark S. Geyer
Mark Geyer, Senior Advisor to the Associate Administrator
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Vanessa E. Wyche, acting director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston
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Mark Geyer, director of NASAs Johnson Space Center, is stepping down from his position leading the center to focus more time on his health and family in light of a cancer diagnosis.

Markhashadanexceptionalimpact on this agency, leading the nations key human spaceflight programs for decades. Under Marks leadership, Johnson has moved the United States into a new era of human space exploration,said NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson.Werefortunate tocontinue to haveMark and his decades of expertise serving the agency in his new role assenior advisortothe associate administrator.

It has been my honor to lead the Johnson Space Center team, Geyer said. JSC is a group of extremely talented professionals all dedicated to the mission of expanding human exploration of the solar system. The diverse scope of work they accomplished and the challenges they overcame inspired me every day. I have been so blessed to work here.

Before being named to lead Johnson in May 2018, Geyers career has included key positions in the International Space Station Program, serving as program manager of the Orion Program, and supporting the agency as deputy associate administrator in the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington. He is the recipient of the NASA Distinguished Service Medal, and Meritorious and Distinguished Presidential Rank Awards.

Vanessa Wyche, who has served as deputy director of Johnson since August 2018, will serve as acting director. Before becoming deputy director, Wyche, a 31-year NASA veteran, served as assistant center director, director of the centers Exploration Integration and Science Directorate, worked in the executive office of the NASA administrator, served as a flight manager for multiple space shuttle missions, and has led other center-level technical and program organizations.

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