Astronaut brings home astronomical lessons in leadership
NASA Astronaut Lt. Col. Randy Bresnik, who made his inaugural space flight aboard the space shuttle Atlantis on November 16, 2009, was a guest speaker Friday at The Citadel’s Principled Leadership Symposium.
The 1989 graduate spoke to cadets and delegates attending the Leadership Symposium about his mission to the International Space Station and presented the college with a Citadel t-shirt and hat that he wore in space along with the spacewalk cuff checklist and a replica of the college spirit flag Big Red. Bresnik also brought with him his flight suit and a flight jacket that are on permanent loan to the military college from NASA.
Buyer Auditorium was filled to capacity for the astronaut’s speech. Bresnik, who had never been east of the Mississippi before attending The Citadel, showed video clips to the audience of the STS-129 mission.
“Leadership is not about the people—it’s about all of the people,” Bresnik said. “Humility is the most important leadership trait.”
While in space Bresnik participated in two spacewalks. Between spacewalks his daughter Abigail Mae was born, and it was his Citadel education, Bresnik said, that helped him stay focused.
Bresnik and his wife Rebecca also have a son, Wyatt, 3, whom they adopted from the Ukraine.