NASA named Jody Singer as acting director of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, as the agency seeks a permanent leader to replace Todd May. May's previously announced retirement as director became effective Friday.
May had been with NASA for 27 years, starting in 1991 as an engineer at Marshall. He had served as Marshall director since February 2016.
“My decision to retire from NASA was a difficult one, primarily because of the truly exceptional people I got to work with every day,” said May. “With deep management experience over three decades at the project, program and center levels, I’m confident Jody Singer will continue to lead the Marshall’s critical work achieving the next wave of human exploration to the Moon, Mars and beyond.”
Singer was appointed Marshall deputy director in February 2016, helping the director with the daily management of the center's workforce and operations. She began her career in 1985 as an engineer in NASA's professional intern program. Singer has served in numerous leadership roles in her 32-year NASA career, overseeing human spaceflight, technology and science flight missions programs and projects.
From 2010 through 2012, Singer held deputy positions for three concurrent programs: the Space Shuttle Program, Ares, and for the start-up of the Space Launch System (SLS). She's been recognized with numerous awards during her NASA career, including the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, the NASA Exceptional Service Medal, and two Presidential Rank of Meritorious Executive Awards, the highest honor for career federal employees.