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[b]Sullivan to Transition to New Role at COSI[/b]
[i]Former astronaut and scientist to step down as CEO to serve as Science Advisor[/i]
Kathryn Sullivan will transition to a new role at Columbus' Center of Science and Industry (COSI), focusing on education and advocacy for the organization. Sullivan, who became COSI's chief executive in April of 1996, will no longer manage the science center's day-to-day operations. She will begin her new role as Science Advisor and step down as President & CEO when a successor is found.
"After much thought and consideration, it simply felt like the right time to make this transition," Sullivan said. "At my core I have always been a teacher. I'm looking forward to supporting COSI as an educator, rather than an administrator," she said.
"Kathy is truly a world-class scientist with an incredible array of life experiences," said Carl Kohrt, President and CEO of Battelle and Chair of the COSI Governing Board "This new role will allow us to take full advantage of Kathy's talents and interests."
Kohrt said the board will immediately engage the services of an executive search firm to conduct a national search for Sullivan's successor. He said a search committee will be formed featuring members of the board and community leaders. "COSI's board is intently focused on the future of this incredible community resource," Kohrt said.
During Sullivan's tenure, COSI has been one of the country's most respected science centers, known for pioneering science outreach programs including the Inquiry Learning for Schools Initiative, COSI's Electronic Education program, and COSI Academy.
Sullivan is a decorated astronaut and was formerly chief scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). As an astronaut, Sullivan is a veteran of three shuttle missions and was the first American woman to walk in space. President George W. Bush nominated her last September to be part of the 24-member National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation and acts as a major policy advisor to the President and Congress.
COSI opened its doors in 1964 and moved to its current location on the downtown Columbus riverfront in 1999. The organization has served more than 17 million guests in its 41-year history.
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