William W. Parsons, a native of Mississippi, served as director of NASA's John C. Stennis Space Center until being selected as the manager for the Space Shuttle Progam in 2003.
Mr. Parsons came to Stennis Space Center in 1997 as the Chief of Operations of the Propulsion Test Directorate. He relocated to Johnson Space Center to become the Director of the Center Operations Directorate and later served as the Deputy Director of Johnson Space Center. He returned to Stennis in 2001 where he served as Director of the Center Operations and Support Directorate. In 2002, Parsons was assigned to the position of Director of Stennis Space Center.
Mr. Parsons graduated from the University of Mississippi with a Bachelor of Engineering degree. He also holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of Central Florida.
He began his career in the United States Marine Corps as an Infantry Officer, then worked as a manufacturing engineer and later as an aerospace engineer at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. In 1990, Parsons joined the NASA team at Kennedy Space Center as a Launch Site Support Manager in the Shuttle Operations Directorate and also worked as an Executive Management Intern and later as the Shuttle Flow Director of the Shuttle Operations Directorate at KSC. In 1996, he became Manager of the Space Station Hardware Integration Office at KSC.
Special honors and awards Mr. Parsons has received include NASA's Exceptional Service Medal; the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement; the Silver Snoopy; the Center Directors' Commendation; and the Commandants Certificate of Commendation from the United States Marine Corps.