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Astronomical Society of the Pacific Executive Director Announces Plans to Depart

James Manning, ASP Executive Director, has announced plans to resign from the position effective February 7, 2014—the 125th birthday of the ASP. Manning has served as Executive Director since 2007.

“I’m very proud of the work the staff and I have accomplished during my tenure,” Manning said. “We established a firm financial, operational and programmatic foundation for the Society during an ongoing period of economic challenges in both the nonprofit and public sectors. We’ve taken the ASP in new strategic directions, grown and expanded existing programs and created new ones, grown our digital presence via social and mobile media, and developed sustainable partnerships with other organizations. We have also increased the ASP’s visibility and engagement on the national stage.

“But it’s time for me to pursue other interests, and to support and encourage new leadership to build on our accomplishments to carry the ASP into the next 125 years. I look forward to assisting in the transition to a new executive director.”

ASP Board President Gordon Myers thanked Manning for his hard work and dedication to ASP. “His work put ASP in a sound financial position and made it a leader in the astronomy education and public outreach community.”

The search for a new executive director will begin shortly.