Col Michael Edward Fossum, USAFR, (Ret.)

Chief Operating Officer, Texas A&M University at Galveston
Vice President, Texas A&M University
Executive Professor of Maritime Administration, Texas A&M University at Galveston

(409) 740-4408


Michael E. Fossum is the Chief Operating Officer and Vice President of the Galveston campus of Texas A&M University, a special purpose institution fulfilling Texas A&M's sea-grant mission. Fossum joined Texas A&M following his retirement from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) - Johnson Space Center in 2017.

Fossum is a veteran of three space flights with more than 194 days in space and more than 48 hours in seven spacewalks during his 19 years as an astronaut. He has logged over 2,000 hours in 35 different aircraft throughout the course of his career. Fossum was commissioned as an officer in the U.S. Air Force in 1980 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University and Master of Science degrees in Systems Engineering and Physical Science from the Air Force Institute of Technology and the University of Houston - Clear Lake, respectively.

Fossum was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and grew up in McAllen, Texas. He is married to his Aggie sweetheart, the former Melanie J. London '80. They have four children and six grandchildren. He enjoys family activities, motorcycle riding and backpacking. Fossum also serves as Scoutmaster of a Boy Scout troop.

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