Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan Joins the World Air League Advisory Board of Directors

Kathryn Sullivan

Image Credit: NASA

September 2, 2019

HOUSTON, TEXAS - To all the friends and supporters of the World Sky Race, please welcome The Honorable Dr. Kathryn D. Sullivan, the first American woman to perform an extravehicular activity (EVA - walk in space), former Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and former Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Kathryn is now a member of the World Air League Advisory Board of Directors. She is an extraordinary pioneer and explorer. She was among the first 6 women to join the NASA astronaut corp. She was a crew member on three Space Shuttle missions - STS-41-G, STS-31 (deployed Hubble Telescope), and STS-45. She served as . She directed NOAA priority work in the areas of weather and water services, climate science and services, integrated mapping services and Earth-observing capabilities. She also provided agency-wide direction with regard to satellites, space weather, water, and ocean observations and forecasts to best serve American communities and businesses. In 2014, Dr. Sullivan was selected for the Time 100 List of Most Influential People.

"There may be no better way to appreciate the earth than to leave it, to look back on the beauty and fragility of our planet from the vantage point of space. Only a tiny fraction of humanity gets that opportunity, so when someone does — and also happens to be one of the smartest people around when it comes to earth sciences — it’s good to have her on our side, especially in challenging times. That’s what makes us all lucky that Kathryn Sullivan was just confirmed as administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Kathy is not just an ivory-tower scientist. She was part of NASA’s first class of female astronauts, selected in 1978, and went on to fly three shuttle missions. She is the first American woman to walk in space and served aboard the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. That role in helping humanity look outward has not prevented her from looking homeward. The planet is suffering increasingly severe upheavals, at least partly a result of climate change — droughts, floods, typhoons, tornadoes. I believe my good friend Kathy is the right person for the right job at the right time."

John Glenn, Astronaut and U.S. Senator, First American to orbit earth

Dr. Sullivan is a Fellow Member of the Explorers Club, a recipient of the Explorers Club Medal and two Lowell Thomas Awards. She joins with other Club members on our Advisory Board. The Club’s representation on the World Sky Race Advisory Board of Directors notably includes: Dr. Bertrand Piccard; Dr. Silvia Earle; John and Martha King; Mr. Bob Erwin; Mr. Robert Atwater; Mr. Alan Valdes; Mr. Garrett Bowden; Dr. Norm Augustine; Dr. Sheldon Breiner; Dr. Geoff Connor; and, Mr. Terry Garcia.

"She sets high the standards of exploration and boldly pushing the boundaries. In charting a course for educating the next generation, she is the exemplary example that we want our daughters and sons to follow." Commissioner Don Hartsell, welcoming Dr. Sullivan. "Clarity of staying on mission, not just talking about but doing, these qualities define and test leadership in finding the pathway for accomplishment. Kathryn is also the exemplary example for us, their parents."

"I have had the privilege of seeing Earth from the extraordinary perspective of outer space. That perspective reinforced for me the uniqueness and unity of our home planet. The World Sky Race aims to rekindle the spirit of innovation and exploration in youth around the globe, remind them of our common fate and equip them to develop solutions that will allow humankind and nature to thrive on our changing planet."
Kathryn Sullivan