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Board & Executive Staff


Board of Directors

2017 General Assembly Legislation for the Space Flight Authority states the Authority shall be governed by a board of directors consisting of nine members, two of whom shall be the Secretary of Transportation and the Director of the Virginia Department of Aviation or their respective designees.  The remaining seven members shall be appointed by the Governor and shall have experience in at least one of the following fields:  (i) the aerospace industry, (ii) the financial industry, (iii) the marketing industry, (iv) scientific and technological research and development; or (v) higher education.   

Chair
Jeff M. Bingham

Vice-Chair
 Jim McArthur

Secretary
Linda Thomas-Glover

Ex-Officio Directors

Secretary of Transportation, Commonwealth of Virginia
Shannon Valentine

Director, Department of Aviation
Mark Flynn

Appointed Directors

Edward Bolton, Jr.
John R. Broderick
Morris Foster
Marke "Hoot" Gibson
James (Jim) D. McArthur, Jr.
Kathryn Thornton

Executive Staff

CEO and Executive Director
Dale Nash

In 2012, Dale Nash joined Virginia Space, the owner and operator of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport, collocated at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility.  During his tenure, Mr. Nash has overseen the successful completion of Launch Pad-0A for the medium-class liquid fuel Antares rocket, as well as, a successful rebuild of Pad-0A after a launch mishap in October 2014; several successful Antares cargo resupply missions to the International Space Station; Minotaur rocket launches off Pad-0B including a Minotaur V mission to the moon; completion of a purpose built 3,000 foot long Unmanned Aircraft System airfield in May 2017; and construction of a new Payload Processing Facility that will be complete in November 2018.

Mr. Nash’s background includes 35 years of experience in the aerospace industry.  He was CEO of Alaska Aerospace, owner and operator of the Kodiak Launch Complex, for 6 years before joining Virginia Space. Prior to that, he spent 14 years in Florida in senior management positions working launch operations and program development on NASA’s Space Shuttle and Orion programs with United Space Alliance and Thiokol (now Orbital ATK).  He began his career in Utah working 11 years on DoD ballistic missile systems and solid rocket motors with Hercules and Thiokol.

Mr. Nash has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Utah, and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Florida. 

COO and Director, Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport
Sean Mulligan

Sean Mulligan is the Chief Operating Officer of the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority (Virginia Space) and the Director for the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS), located at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility. Virginia Space is a political subdivision of Virginia, with the mission to promote industrial and economic development and scientific and technological R&D through the expansion and promotion of the commercial and government aerospace industry in the Commonwealth. Virginia Space achieves that mission through building, owning, and operating launch, payload processing, vehicle integration and unmanned systems facilities at the MARS Spaceport as well as administering a picosatellite program.

Mr. Mulligan started his career at MARS as one of the original engineers to design, build and test the MARS Pad-0A launch facility, homeport of Northrop Grumman’s Antares rocket. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Delaware and an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

Director of Finance and Contracting
David Bruce

Director of Business Development
Thomas Shearer