UPHAM, N.M. (AP) — An engineer who has held senior management and planning posts at White Sands Missile Range is Spaceport America's new CEO.

The board of the authority that oversees the commercial spaceport in southern New Mexico announced Thursday the selection of Daniel Hicks to replace Christine Anderson.

Hicks' 34 years as an Army civilian employee at White Sands has included working on strategic planning and numerous programs involving missiles, sensors and space.

Hicks is expected to assume his new positon in November. He's a graduate of Las Cruces High School and New Mexico State University.

Anderson resigned this summer after holding the position since 2011.