Dec 7, 2018

NASA’s Roy Maizel Announces Retirement

Roy Maizel, the Science Mission Directorate’s Deputy Associate Administrator for Management since 2007, has announced he will retire from the Agency in April 2019 after a 37-year career with NASA.

His announcement allows the Directorate to begin the search for a successor to continue Maizel’s stellar accomplishments and unprecedented leadership in providing guidance and oversight of all budget, policy, and administrative support to the Directorate’s approximately 200-person Headquarters organization.

“Working at NASA with some of the smartest and most dedicated people in the world has been not just an honor and a privilege;” said Maizel. “It has also been a daily inspiration for me to see how much we can collectively learn through scientific exploration.”

During the past year, Maizel has focused his efforts on developing a Strategic Workforce Plan to better prepare the Science Mission Directorate for the future through thoughtful recruitment, career development and leadership succession planning.

“Roy Maizel has been instrumental in helping me build a stronger organization that consistently achieves a high level of excellence,” said Dr. Thomas Zurbuchen, Associate Administrator of the Science Mission Directorate. “As he approached the end of his NASA career, he sped up rather than slowed down, and in the past year has made significant contributions to Agency-level, HQ-level, and Science Mission Directorate activities, all of which focus on more efficient and effective operations.”

Maizel began his career in 1981 as a Presidential Management Intern. When the Space Science and Earth Science programs merged in 2004 to become the Science Mission Directorate, he became Director of the Resources Management Division, a position he held until his appointment to his present position in 2007.

The NASA family will always be grateful for Roy Maizel’s service and dedication to the agency, the nation and science.

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