Schafer Corporation, a leading provider of scientific, engineering, and technical services and products applied to defeating national security threats, today announced that Michael D. Griffin will assume the role of Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Griffin is the former Administrator of the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA), serving in that position from 2005 to 2009. In addition to spending ten years at NASA in various capacities, he has also served in a variety of senior government, commercial, and academic roles, including Deputy Director for Technology of the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization, Director and CEO of Magellan, Inc., Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and Space Department Head at Johns Hopkins University’s Applied Physics Laboratory.

“During his four-decade career, Dr. Griffin has been one of the foremost experts in many of the most important and highly-sophisticated technical areas within the space and national security sectors,” said Jeff Siegal, a Director of Schafer Corporation and Managing Director of Metalmark Capital. “We look forward to his leadership and contribution as Schafer Corporation continues its long history of supporting high-priority programs in these technical areas.”

“We are excited to welcome Mike to Schafer Corporation,” said John Gilligan, a Director of Schafer Corporation and former Chief Information Officer of the US Air Force and the Department of Energy. “His talents and expertise will complement an exceptional team and enhance the company’s continued ability to provide exceptional support and innovative technical solutions to our customers.”

“I look forward to working with Schafer Corporation’s management team, Board of Directors, customers, and strategic partners,” said Griffin. “During its 40 year history, the company has been widely recognized for its technical expertise. We will continue to provide exceptional services, products, and support for customers who are increasingly seeking objective analysis and innovative solutions to satisfy complex and important mission requirements.”

Griffin’s educational background includes a B.A. in physics from Johns Hopkins University, a Ph.D. in aerospace engineering from the University of Maryland, and Master’s degrees in aerospace science from Catholic University, electrical engineering from the University of Southern California, applied physics from Johns Hopkins University, business administration from Loyola College of Maryland, and civil engineering from George Washington University.