Scott Roberts Appointed to ASP Board
December, 2007 – The Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP), is pleased to announce the appointment of Scott W. Roberts to a vacant position on the Board of Directors. The ASP, established in 1889, is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to increase the public’s understanding and appreciation of astronomy through scientists, educators, enthusiasts and the public as a vehicle for advancing science literacy and exchange.
Roberts is the Vice President for Global Client Support and Community Relations at Meade Instruments Corporation and also serves as the Executive Director of the Meade 4M Community, an alliance of astronomy and space exploration organizations and enthusiasts, with members spanning the globe. Roberts has an extensive background in astronomy public outreach, including service as a Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Solar System Ambassador and founding the AstronomyOutreach network, a group to promote and support outreach enthusiasts, organizations, lecturers, clubs, and events for public awareness of astronomy.
Most recently, Roberts contributed to the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s book “Science Educators Under the Stars,” one of the first publications devoted to education and public outreach in astronomy by amateur astronomers. Roberts is also on the Boards of Directors of the National Sharing the Sky Foundation and Astronomers Without Borders. He is the father of four children and lives with his wife in Orange County, California.
Dr. James B. Kaler, President of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific Board of Directors stated, “We are most pleased to have Scott join the ASP Board, for he brings an important perspective to the Society based on his many years of service to the astronomy community.”
James G. Manning, Executive Director for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific commented, “Scott’s business experience, prior leadership with nonprofit organizations, and dedication to astronomy education and public outreach makes him a wonderful addition to our Board as we continue with our mission-based programs and activities that advance science literacy through engagement in astronomy.”
Scott Roberts remarked, “I am very pleased and honored to serve on the Board of Trustees for the Astronomical Society of the Pacific. This venerable institution has supported astronomy awareness for well over a century and has inspired untold numbers of people to explore and discover the universe for themselves. I hope that I am able to promote the activities of the ASP and awareness of the vision and mission of this organization during, and long after my tenure. I wish to thank everyone on the Board for their faith and support.”