NASA administrator Bill Nelson in a recent press meet, has announced that Janet Petro will be replacing Bob Cabana as the new director of the Kennedy Space Center, making her the first-ever woman to lead the center. Petro previously served as the deputy director of Kennedy since 2007, before being named acting director in May.
Petro first began her professional career as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. She holds a Bachelor of Science in engineering degree from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. She was in the second class of West Point graduates to include women. Petro also holds a Master of Science in business administration from Boston University's Metropolitan College.
"It's an honor to be selected to lead Kennedy Space Center. Having grown up on Florida's Space Coast and being the second generation in my family to work at Kennedy Space Center, it's exhilarating to help grow the multi-user spaceport as we prepare for Artemis and continue launching commercial crew missions to the International Space Station," Janet Petro said.