At a Glance
- Career History: Commanding General of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar (2000 to 2002); Deputy Commander of U.S. Forces in Japan (1998 to 2000); Deputy Commanding General of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force in the Pacific (1997 to 1998)
- Birthday: Aug. 19, 1946
- Hometown: Columbia, S.C
- Alma Mater: U.S Naval Academy, B.S. (electrical science), 1968; University of Southern California, MA (science and system's management), 1977
- Spouse: Alexis
- DC Office: NASA Headquarters Suite 5K39, Washington, DC 20546
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Path to Power
Bolden grew up in racially- divided Columbia, S.C., where both his parents worked in the public-school system as teachers. Bolden's father, a World War II veteran, also became a successful high-school football coach.
Naval Academy Admission
For college, Bolden wanted to attend the Naval Academy but couldn't find a congressman in the South to write him a letter of recommendation.
Bolden took the reigns of NASA in July 2009, where he now heads an organization that's spread across the country and manages a budget that surpasses $18.6 billion.
Bolden arrived at NASA during a time of transition. Since its creation, NASA has focused on pioneering space exploration, while assuring the U.S. is at the forefront of aeronautical research and scientific research. And since its inception, this mission has included flying manned space flights into earth's orbit.
Among those reporting to Bolden arre Deputy NASA Administrator Lori B. Garver.
He commanded a 1986 space mission joined by then-astronaut and now-Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.).
Bolden has donated $1,250 to two political campaigns since 2006. In 2008, Bolden donated $250 to Barack Obama's presidential campaign.