This will be short and sweet…so here it is. Today, September 26, 2009, is my last official day as the CIO of NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center. I leave an organization that marked the start of my Federal career.
I graduated from Howard University on a hot Saturday in May of 1980. I started at NASA/Goddard the following Monday as a dreamy 21-year old Mathematician. I left about 18 months later. I returned a quarter of a century later and now a leave again a Center that made amazing contributions to our nation’s space program. Tomorrow, I will be the CIO of NASA. This is a humbling and exciting experience.
After only having a week to prepare, I find that I haven’t had time to cry, to hug, say good-bye, or even to pack. It’s funny how change doesn’t wait for us to get ready. Change simply happens. I’m not sure even if I’m saying good-bye or hello. Perhaps it is merely Aloha.
So, this is it. I’ll continue to blog for the same reasons as stated in earlier posts. I was hired with a charge to participate on an executive leadership team that not only fulfills the mission of our nation’s space program, but inspires a world. Perhaps a universe.
The change I lead will start with me. A quote by Anatole France says:
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
No time to mourn. Just enough time to resurrect. Procurements, cloud computing, innovation, security, team building … oh, and launch vehicles, manned space flight, tight budgets … inspiration to the world. Aloha dreamy mathematician. Aloha NASA.
Linda Cureton, CIO, NASA
p.s. Don’t paint my orange office!