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AAS Informational Email 2008-07

The following message is being sent to AAS members and division affiliates as a service to the National Science Foundation because the information is highly relevant to our community. -- Kevin B. Marvel, Executive Officer

SUBJECT: Appointment of Dr. G. Wayne Van Citters, Senior Advisor, OAD/MPS and Dr. Craig Foltz as Acting Division Director, AST We are pleased to announce that Dr. Wayne Van Citters has accepted a new position as Senior Advisor in the Office of the Assistant Director, MPS. This appointment is effective April 14, 2008.

Dr. Van Citters will work on MPS-wide strategic issues, including facilities management and oversight and planning of future facilities for MPS. This area is one of growing importance to MPS and to NSF.  Wayne's many years of experience and leadership in facilities planning, development, construction, operations, management, and oversight for the NSF Astronomy Division (AST) will be invaluable. In his new role, Wayne will continue to follow strategic issues in AST, including the continuing implementation of the Senior Review.

Dr. Van Citters leaves his position as the AST Division Director, a position that he has held with distinction since 2001, and for which we are very grateful. In particular, his leadership in carrying out the Senior Review in AST is widely regarded and supported in NSF.  NSF will shortly begin an open search for his replacement. In the interim, Dr. Craig Foltz will serve as the Acting Division Director, AST. Craig brings years of experience with the astronomy community, as Director of the Multiple Mirror Telescope Observatory, and 5 years experience as program manager and coordinator of AST facilities and technology development projects.

I look forward to working with both Wayne and Craig in their new roles.

Tony F. Chan, Assistant Director, National Science Foundation

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