Outstanding Alumnus Award


Victoria Rodriguez and Jefferson Howell      Jefferson Howell receives award from Graduate Dean Victoria Rodriguez

Jefferson Howell receives his 2005 award for Outstanding Alumnus from Vice Provost and Graduate Dean Victoria Rodríguez

JEFFERSON D. HOWELL, Director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston, received his master's degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin in 1970.  As director of the space center, General Howell is responsible for planning and directing programs such as the Space Shuttle and the International Space Station.  Prior to joining NASA, General Howell served with distinction in the United States Marine Corps, from which he retired in 1998.  His military assignments include serving as a Naval Aviator in Vietnam where he flew over 300 combat missions and serving as Commander of Marine Forces Pacific, Commander of U.S. Marine Forces Korea, and Commander of U.S. Marine Forces Central Command.

General Howell is the recipient of numerous decorations and awards, including the Department of Navy Distinguished Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with combat "V", and Superior Service Award, to name only a few.  Most recently, he was awarded the NASA Outstanding Leadership Medal, and he has been appointed by the Governor to the Texas Aerospace and Aviation Advisory Committee.

General Howell received his bachelor's degree in Government from UT Austin in 1961.  He is a native of Victoria, Texas.

The Graduate School has awarded the Jefferson D. Howell Fellowship for 2005-2006 to Borghan Nezami Narajabad, a doctoral student in Economics.


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