Kathy Sullivan Confirmed as NOAA Administrator

Kathy Sullivan Confirmed as NOAA Administrator

Kathy Sullivan was confirmed by the Senate today as Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and 10th Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).  She has been serving as acting NOAA Administrator since Jane Lubchenco left in February 2013.

Sullivan was nominated last August.  She is a former NASA astronaut and the first American woman to make a spacewalk.  An oceanographer by training, this is her second stint as NOAA, having served as its Chief Scientist from 1993-1996 after leaving NASA.   In the intervening years she was director of Ohio’s Center of Science and Industry and then director of the Battelle Center for Mathematics and Science Education Policy in the John Glenn School of Public Affairs at Ohio State University.  She rejoined NOAA as Deputy Administrator in 2011.

NOAA announced the news on its website and via Twitter.

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