TULSA, OKLAHOMA – The Executive Director of the Tulsa Air and Space Museum resigned Wednesday, according to a statement from the museum.
Jim Bridenstine is leaving TASM to pursue his love of flying. He rejoined the Navy as a pilot in the reserves in March.
Bridenstine called the museum a "wonderful institution" for Tulsa.
"I have enjoyed my time there and look forward to assisting them with big projects in the future," he said. "There is no doubt that the TASM board will select a great leader for this museum."
During his time at TASM, Bridenstine spearheaded the effort that put Tulsa in the running to land one of NASA's retiring space shuttles, a project he said he will continue to support.
"I will stay engaged with the space shuttle project where needed and ensure that the new executive director has all of my support going forward," Bridenstine said.
Bridenstine will leave his job at TASM at the end of August. The museum said an interim executive director has not been named at this time.