Gerald "Gerry" D. Griffin '56

Griffin WebA 1956 graduate from the Department of Aeronautical Engineering, Gerry Griffin is the former Director of the NASA Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center in Houston. In prior positions at NASA, he served as the Deputy Director of the John F. Kennedy Space Center in Florida and the Hugh F. Dryden Flight Research Center in California.

Griffin laid the foundations for America’s space shuttle and space station programs. During NASA’s Apollo Program, he was a Flight Director in Mission Control and served in this capacity for all of the Apollo manned missions. He was Lead Flight Director for three lunar landing Missions: Apollo’s 12, 15 and 17. During the flight of Apollo 13, Griffin was scheduled to lead the lunar landing team in Mission Control. When the landing was canceled as a result of the oxygen tank explosion, he led one of the teams of flight controllers who were responsible for the safe return of the astronauts.

After taking early retirement from NASA in 1986, Mr. Griffin was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Houston Chamber of Commerce, a post he held until 1989 when he joined Korn/Ferry International, a worldwide executive search firm, as the Managing Director of the firm’s Houston office. Griffin is also a technical and management consultant for a broad range of clients. He remains affiliated with Korn/Ferry as a Senior Consultant in the firm’s aerospace and defense practice.

Today Mr. Griffin is Chairman of the Board of the Golden Spike Company (GSC), a Delaware Corporation headquartered in Boulder, CO. GSC is a commercial space company planning human lunar expeditions.

Griffin is the recipient of the Texas A&M Distinguished Alumnus Award, the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Hall of Honor Award, the Texas A&M College of Engineering Alumni Honor Award, and he is a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics and the American Astronautical Society.