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AURA Announces Selection of New AURA President

Release date: Nov 24, 2014 8:15 AM (EST)
AURA Announces Selection of New AURA President

The Association of Universities for Research in Astronomy (AURA) announced today that Dr. Matt Mountain, Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore, Maryland, will become AURA President beginning March 1, 2015. Mountain will succeed William S. Smith who served as President since 2000. In announcing the selection, the Chair of the AURA Board of Directors, Dr. Richard Green, said, "AURA is heading into an exciting period, and Matt has enormous experience in large program and large facility management in ground- and space-based organizations. This will be a great asset for AURA as we complete construction on the Daniel K. Inoue Solar Telescope, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope, and the James Webb Space Telescope."

In accepting this appointment, Mountain said, "I am looking forward to working with the Board and our impressive Centers on the many challenging, yet exciting opportunities for astronomy, our community, and AURA in the coming years. I believe AURA has a great future, and I feel especially privileged to be chosen to help craft that future in partnership with the AURA Board." Mountain served as Gemini Observatory Director from 1999 to 2005. In 2005 he was then appointed Director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, where he has served until the present. STScI is the science operations center for the Hubble Space Telescope for NASA, and is preparing for the science and mission operations of the Webb telescope. For more information, visit: http://www.aura-astronomy.org .