Mr. Sean O’Keefe
General Electric Aviation
Effective June 2, 2008 Sean O'Keefe, will lead GE Aviation's Washington operations. Prior to joining GE, O’Keefe served as Chancellor of the Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA since 2005.
On four separate occasions O'Keefe served as a presidential appointee. Until 2005, he served as the 10th Administrator of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. O'Keefe joined President George W. Bush’s Administration on inauguration day as Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of the Office of Management and Budget until December 2001 when he was appointed NASA Administrator.
Appointed Secretary of the Navy in July 1992 by President George Bush, O'Keefe previously served as Comptroller and Chief Financial Officer of the Department of Defense since 1989. Before joining then-Defense Secretary Dick Cheney's Pentagon management team in these capacities, he served on the United States Senate Committee on Appropriations staff for eight years and was Staff Director of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His public service began in 1978 upon his selection as a Presidential Management Intern
Sean O’Keefe earned his Bachelor of Arts from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1977 and his Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University in 1978. From 1996-2001 he held an endowed chair professorship at the Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Concurrently he served as the Director of National Security Studies, a partnership of Syracuse University and Johns Hopkins University for delivery of executive education programs. From 1993-1996 he was Professor of Business Administration and Assistant to the Senior Vice President for Research and Dean of the Graduate School at the Pennsylvania State University.
O'Keefe is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a Fellow of the International Academy of Astronautics, and member of the Naval Postgraduate School Board of Advisors. During his academic postings, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Wolfson College of the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom, a member of the Naval Postgraduate School's civil-military relations seminar team, and conducted seminars for the Strategic Studies Group at Oxford University. He served on the national security panel to devise the 1988 Republican platform and was a member of the 1985 Kennedy School of Government program for national security executives at Harvard University.
In 1993, President Bush and Secretary Cheney presented him the Distinguished Public Service Award. He was the 1999 faculty recipient of the Syracuse University Chancellor's Award for Public Service; recipient of the Department of the Navy's Public Service Award in December 2000; and has been awarded five honorary doctorate degrees from several prestigious educational institutions. In 2003 and 2004, he was recognized and honored by the Irish American Magazine as one of the Top 100 Irish Americans and was named among the magazine’s “Stars of the South” in 2006.
O’Keefe was named recipient of the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies’ 2005 Navigator Award and received the 2005 Honorary Engineer of the Year Award from the Engineer’s Council. He was inducted into the Louisiana Political Hall of Fame in January 2007.
He is the author of several journal articles and contributing author of Keeping the Edge: Managing Defense for the Future released in October 2000. In 1998, he co-authored The Defense Industry in the Post-Cold War Era: Corporate Strategies and Public Policy Perspectives.
He is married to Laura McCarthy O’Keefe, and they have three children – Lindsey, Jonathan, and Kevin.