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Dr. Stephen Keil Announces the End of his Term as NSO Director. AURA to Begin Search for a New Director
November 2, 2011
Washington, D.C. -- Today, Dr. Stephen Keil, Director of the National Solar Observatory (NSO), announced that he will step down at the end of his current term in May, 2013. Dr. Keil will have completed 13 years as NSO Director. During this period, NSO has undergone a major transformation with the successful start of the Advanced Technology Solar Telescope program, and the consolidation of a strong synoptic program.
In a message to all NSO staff, Dr. Keil said "...I have enjoyed my tenure as Director and sincerely appreciate the strong support and quality of the NSO staff that have made my job easy. Once a new director is in place, I hope to continue doing research and working towards the realization of the ATST and a strong NSO program that can continue to serve our user community for both high-resolution studies of the Sun and long-term synoptic data..."
Dr. Dan Clemens of Boston University, Chair of the AURA Board, said "Dr. Keil has made a tremendous contribution to AURA and to the NSO during his years as Director. He has been a powerful advocate for NSO and has helped make it a premier national facility."
AURA will begin the search process for a new NSO Director over the coming months. AURA will actively solicit applications from the US and abroad. Dr. William Smith, President of AURA said "Steve has well positioned NSO to confront the challenges of the future. With the commencement of operations for ATST, NSO will be an exciting place to carry out a transformative scientific program in ground based solar research."