NASA’s Stennis Space Center promotes Mississippian to leadership post

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Rodney McKellip

NASA’s Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, announced that longtime employee Rodney McKellip is the new associate director.

McKellip, a native of Picayune, and resident of Slidell, has been serving as director of the Stennis Center Operations. In his new role, he succeeds Mary Byrd, who is retiring. Both leadership changes will become effective by the end of the year.

McKellip has served in multiple management positions during his 22-year NASA career at Stennis, all with progressively greater responsibility.

“Rodney has provided outstanding leadership and strategic planning for a comprehensive and integrated program of institutional services for the center,” Center Director Rick Gilbrech said. “He has provided key direction for the operation and maintenance of Stennis’ test support facilities and has been instrumental in establishing and managing site host-tenant and facility use agreements with on-site government, university, and commercial tenants.”

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