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
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.
From the Director
Janet A. Mattei
We have had a very active and fruitful first part of the fiscal year [2002-2003]. I want to share with you some highlights.
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
I have just returned from the National Science Festival here in SA and was unable to access my e-mail whilst there.
It was with deep sorrow that I learned of the death of Dr. Janet Mattei. It is great loss for amateur and professional astronomy. Please accept my sincere condolences. —Jerzy Speil (Poland)