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Jim Manning

Executive Director, ASP

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) announced today that James Manning has been appointed to the position of Executive Director. Currently serving as Head of the Office of Public Outreach of the Space Telescope Science Institute, Mr. Manning will take up his new duties in San Francisco in early July.

"The ASP Board and staff are totally delighted that Jim is joining us. With his long background in the planetarium world and informal science education, plus his great experience working with NASA, he is just the right person to take over the leadership of the ASP," said ASP President Dennis Schatz.

Prior to becoming Head of Public Outreach at the Space Telescope Science Institute, Mr. Manning had worked in the planetarium field for many years, as Director of the Taylor Planetarium (Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman, MT), Director of the Staerkel Planetarium (Parkland College, Champaign, IL), and Assistant Director of the Morehead Planetarium (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC). He holds a BS degree in Mathematics and Astronomy from the University of Wisconsin and an MA in Physics and Astronomy from the University of North Carolina. He is a member of many planetarium and education organizations, and served as President of the International Planetarium Society from 1995-96.