- July 25, 2022
Bolden Seeks To Replace Multiple Center Directors
Keith’s 22 Aug note: Multiple sources report that NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden is planning to fire/reassign Ames Center Director Pete Worden and two other center directors as well.
Keith’s 22 Aug update: Sources report that Bolden has also discussed replacing both GRC (Ray Lugo) and JSC (Mike Coats) center directors even though neither have done anything to warrant replacement. Reassigning Woodrow Whitlow from NASA HQ has also been discussed. However, Bolden’s real focus is on going after Pete Worden – and these other replacements and/or chess moves are being discussed as window dressing to obscure that focus.
This is a good time to try and pull something like this off: the long Labor Day weekend is approaching, most of Congress is out of town and/or distracted by the upcoming conventions, the presidential election, and, in many cases, their own re-elections.
Cleveland’s NASA Glenn chief has no departure plans, despite blog report, Cleveland Plain Dealer
“But Lugo told The Plain Dealer Wednesday night that he had spoken to Bolden earlier in the day, and that the NASA administrator “confirmed to me that he is not planning to replace me or move me. To the best of my knowledge – and I’ve talked to the boss – there’s no truth to the rumor.” … In light of that, “Charlie and I, and most of the rest of the center directors, had a discussion about what people’s plans are for the near-term future, the next six to seven months,” Lugo said. Bolden “was just asking everybody what are their plans.”
Rumor: NASA chief Bolden considering replacing JSC director, Houston Chronicle
“The following statement comes from spokesman Mike Cabbage at NASA’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.: “We have a great management team at NASA, doing amazing things every day to keep the United States the world leader in space exploration. We’ve just landed the most sophisticated rover ever on Mars and we’re launching a space weather mission on Friday. Right now, we’re just focused on building on this record of success.”
Keith’s 23 Aug update: NASAWatch stands by its postings. Personnel plans often change quickly – especially when they are made public. As such, sources now report that Mr. Bolden has been directed not to make any of these senior personnel actions.