Johnson Space Center deputy director Ochoa promoted to director

Nov 19, 2012

by Tim Monzingo

[originally posted online in Houston Business Journal on 11/16/2012]

Johnson Space Center Deputy Director Ellen Ochoa, a veteran astronaut, will take over the director's position at the center in Houston, NASA officials said Friday.

Ochoa, a California native, was the first Hispanic woman in space and will replace Michael Coats, who is retiring at the end of the year after seven years at the center, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said in its Friday statement. Ochoa served as the center's deputy director since 2007 and will become the center's 11th director. Her promotion means she will also be the center's first Hispanic director and second female director.

"Ellen's enthusiasm, experience and leadership, including her superb job as deputy director, make her a terrific successor to Mike as director of JSC," NASA Administrator Charles Bolden said in the administration's statement. read more