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Author and Former NASA Flight Controller to Deliver Keynote Address at Aggie Muster at Texas A&M Galveston


Paul Sean Hill, League City, TX resident, author and former Space Shuttle and International Space Station Flight Director will be the keynote speaker for the 2018 Aggie Muster ceremony on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m. in the McCloy Arena (gym) on the campus of Texas A&M University at Galveston.

Aggie Muster is one of Texas A&M University’s most cherished traditions that is observed at Texas A&M University at Galveston.  Muster celebrates the camaraderie of the school while remembering the lives of Aggies who have died, specifically those in the past year.  Muster officially began on April 21, 1903, as a day for remembrance for fellow Aggies. Today, Muster ceremonies take place in over 300 locations around the world.

Hill earned his Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in Aerospace Engineering, from Texas A&M University in 1984 and 1985 and was a member of the Corps of Cadets. He has a family of Aggies.  He married another Aggie, with whom he raised two more (fourth generation) Aggie women.

After a series of senior leadership positions, Hill served as the Director of Mission Operations for all human spaceflight from 2007 through 2014, responsible for all aspects of mission planning, flight controller and astronaut training and Mission Control.  He is credited with revolutionizing the leadership culture, dramatically reducing costs and increasing capability, all while still conducting missions in space.

He is the author of the book Leadership from the Mission Control Room to the Boardroom.  It is based on his 25 years at NASA developing space station construction techniques and leading flights from Mission Control as a Space Shuttle and International Space Station Flight Director.  He supported 24 missions as a Flight Director, culminating as the Lead Shuttle Flight Director for the return-to-flight on STS-114 after the Columbia accident.

The book offers a candid insider’s look at the leadership values and culture that have been critical for NASA.  Beyond the rocket science and leadership theory, Hill shows how these deliberate values are the enablers in solving problems at all levels.

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