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Jonathan Q. Pettus - December 2017 Commencement

Associate Director
Marshall Space Flight CenterJonathan Q. Pettus

Jonathan Pettus is the Associate Director of Marshall Space Flight Center. He is responsible for leading the institutional operations of one of NASA’s largest field installations, with approximately 6,000 civil service and contract personnel, an annual budget of approximately $2.5 billion, 4.5 million square feet of infrastructure and a broad spectrum of human spaceflight, science and technology development. Mr. Pettus previously served as MSFC’s Chief Information Officer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center where he was responsible for leading the delivery and operations of information technology solutions to enable Marshall’s programs and mission, including the center’s computing infrastructure, communications networks and software systems. In addition, he oversaw operation of NASA’s networks and software systems used by all NASA sites across the nation. He was responsible for computing, software, and telecommunications services that support the International Space Station, the Space Shuttle Program, and the development of the new Space Launch System.  His responsibilities also included providing network and IT services for NASA operations in Russia. In 2005, Mr. Pettus was named director of Marshall's Office of the Chief Information Officer and served in this capacity until his appointment as NASA’s Chief Information Officer at NASA Headquarters in Washington in 2007. At NASA Headquarters, he managed NASA’s $1.6 billion IT portfolio that supported NASA’s human spaceflight, scientific and aeronautical programs.  In this role, he represented NASA to Congress, the White House, and the Office of Management and Budget on matters related to NASA’s Information Technology. He also served on the United States Chief Information Officer Council that guides the IT strategy and infrastructure of the Federal Government. He returned to the position of Chief Information Officer at Marshall in 2009. He also served as the acting Associate Director of Marshall Space Flight Center in 2012. 

 Mr. Pettus joined the Marshall Center in 1991 as a computer engineer. Before joining the Marshall team, he worked for two years as a software developer at McDonnell Douglas Corp., in Huntsville developing and maintaining computer software used to define and manage space shuttle payloads. From 1989 to 1990, he provided classroom training and technical support to business software users of McCormack and Dodge Software, a financial software development company in Huntsville. He also taught math, computer programming and coached basketball at Coffee High School before moving into the information technology field. He is a graduate of the University of North Alabama with degrees in secondary education, math, computer science, and history. He also earned a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

Mr. Pettus has received numerous awards and special recognitions including a Distinguished Presidential Rank award given by the President to the top 1% of government executives in the nation. The Distinguished Presidential Rank is the highest award a U.S. Federal Government executive can receive. He also was awarded the Meritorious Presidential Rank award for exemplary federal service in 2008. In 2005, Federal Computer Week magazine named Mr. Pettus to its "Federal 100," an annual list of individuals who turn innovative technology ideas into real-life solutions. He also was awarded the NASA Medal for Outstanding Leadership in 2005, for leading his team in the successful integration of all NASA financial software. He received NASA's Medal for Exceptional Service in 2001 and 2006, given for sustained performance and unusual initiative and creative ability in the implementation of agency-wide information technology systems. He was presented NASA Special Service Awards in 1997 and 2001 for significant leadership contributions in the implementation of NASA's Integrated Financial Management Program.

Mr. Pettus and his wife Angela live in Athens, along with their two children, Jackson and Alyssa.  Mrs. Pettus is a high school math teacher at Athens High School.