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Davis First Hispanic NASA Flight Director, ASU Speaker

Conexión San Angelo newsroom, Jim Sánchez


Photo courtesy of Angelo State University Ginger Kerrick Davis, a regent for the Texas Tech University System spoke briefly to Angelo State University graduates at a 10 a.m. commencement ceremony held on Saturday, May 15, 2021 in the Junell Center/Stephens Arena.


SAN ANGELO – Ginger Kerrick Davis was the first-ever instructor for Russian Training Integration, the first non-astronaut capsule communicator, and the first female Hispanic flight director in the history of NASA.

Davis, a regent for the Texas Tech University System was interviewed by Conexión prior to her brief remarks to the Angelo State University graduates’ 10 a.m. commencement ceremony held on Saturday, Mary 15, 2021. What did you do to put yourself in the position of being the first in those three areas?

“I worked very hard and understood what the qualifications were.” Being the first non-astronaut capsule communicator, she was the person in mission control who spoke to the crew, “I held that job for four years.” That first ever position led Davis to the next step as the first female Hispanic flight director in NASA history. In order to compete for that job, Kerrick Davis said the individual has to stand out from thousands who are competing for any job.

To be the best and to succeed, Davis gave three keys. “First, don’t give up. Second my strong faith in God and working out. And third, if you want doors to continue throughout your career, continue to learn.”


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