PARIS — A former astronaut who was considered last year for the post of NASA deputy administrator will retire from her current position as director of the agency’s Glenn Research Center at the end of September.
NASA announced Sept. 10 that Janet Kavandi will step down as director of Glenn and retire after nearly a quarter-century at the agency at the end of the month. Kavandi has been director of the Cleveland-based center since March 2016.
In the statement, Kavandi didn’t disclose why she was leaving the agency at this time. “It was a difficult decision to call my NASA career to an end, especially at a time when the agency is preparing to send the first woman and next man to the moon,” she said. “I will be closely following the progress as I transition to the next phase of life, personally and professionally.”
Kavandi joined NASA in December 1994 when she was selected to the NASA astronaut corps. She flew on three shuttle flights from 1998 to 2001 and later served as director of flight crew operations at the Johnson Space Center. She went to Glenn in February 2015 as deputy director.
In June 2018 Kavandi emerged as ...