As I mentioned in my Director’s Report last Fall, I will be retiring on or about February 1, 2015 (about 18 months from now). I wanted to announce this early, so as to give the Search Committee sufficient time to find the right replacement. Therefore, the search process is taking place a bit earlier than would normally be expected, so as to provide a good overlap between myself and the next Director. Kevin and Mario have put together an excellent Committee, with a breadth of experience and expertise.
From: Kevin B. Marvel, AAVSO Director Search Committee Chair and Executive Director, American Astronomical Society
Update on Search: October 2013
AAVSO meetings always invigorate me and the recent gathering was no exception. Listening to talks, exchanging ideas, tips and tricks and the joy of observing at coffee breaks and meals was enhanced by a great banquet with a first-ever trivia contest. Sadly, my table didn't even come in the top three, but it was fun to try answering questions drawn from the long history of the AAVSO and its active members.
The American Association of Variable Star Observers has initiated a search process for its next Director, to start February 1, 2015. Application deadline is September 30, 2013.
The AAVSO Director acts as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of the Organization. The Director reports to the AAVSO Council, which is the governing board for the non-profit corporation. The CEO & CSO dual role is unique for most scientific organizations, and the duties are wide-ranging.
Our prayers are with Janet and Michael, I lost my father last month who got me started in astronomy. This year has started out rough for me with the lost of my father and Janet. I am happy to know that when I look up at the night sky I know that my father and Janet are looking down at me and encouraging me to keep observing variable stars. —Paul Kneipp