Richard H. Truly
Director since 2003
Admiral Truly joined our Board in April 2003. He is the former Executive Vice President of Midwest Research Institute. Prior to joining Midwest Research Institute in 1997, Admiral Truly was Vice President of the Georgia Institute of Technology and Director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute, from 1992 to 1997. From 1989 to 1992, he served as the eighth Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under President George H.W. Bush. Prior to that, he had a distinguished career in the U.S. Navy and NASA, retiring from the Navy as Vice Admiral. Admiral Truly was an astronaut with NASA and piloted the Columbia, commanded the Challenger, and in 1986 led the investigation of the Challenger accident. Admiral Truly was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal, has served on the Defense Policy Board and Army Science Board, and is a member of the National Academy of Engineering. From 2005 to 2010, he served as a director of Xcel Energy, Inc., an electric power and natural gas utility. Admiral Truly also served on Xcel’s finance, governance, compensation and nominating, and nuclear environmental and safety committees during his tenure. He has served as a director of Edenspace Systems Corp., Inc., a private company, since 2005, and as a director and member of the compensation committee of Suntricity Corporation, a private company, since 2011. Admiral Truly also serves on the boards and on various committees of Regis University and the Colorado School of Mines.