Dr. Deborah Barnhart
Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO, U.S. Space and Rocket Center, One Tranquility Base, Huntsville, Alabama 35805, USA.
Deborah's Full Bio:
Dr. Deborah Edwards Barnhart began her aerospace career in the city that gave birth to America's manned space flight program: Huntsville, Alabama. She was a Media and Advertising Specialist, Corporate Fundraiser, and eventually Director of Space Camp and Space Academy at the world renowned U.S. Space & Rocket Center. That experience helped launch a 36-year career in the aerospace, government and defense industries including five military commands as a Captain in the United States Navy.
Among her many career highlights in the corporate world, Dr. Barnhart is an established leader in financial management and revenue generation having served as the Vice President of Space Exploration for Honeywell International, and Vice President of Business Development for United Technologies Hamilton Sunstrand. She is the former Director of Government Relations for the McDonnell Douglas Aerospace Corporation.
Dr. Barnhart's love of all things related to space began while in elementary school when her classroom windows would rattle and shake during rocket engine tests at the nearby Marshall Space Flight Center. She later graduated from Butler High School in Huntsville, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama-Huntsville, her MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a doctorate in education from Vanderbilt University.
But it was Dr. Barnhart's love of the space program, of education, and her unparalleled qualifications that have brought her career full circle and led her home to where her career first began, this time as Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Alabama's number one tourist attraction.
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