Space News
space history and artifacts articles

Messages
space history discussion forums

Sightings
worldwide astronaut appearances

Resources
selected space history documents

Websites
related space history websites

  collectSPACE: Messages
  Space Places
  U.S. Space & Rocket Center: Leadership change

Post New Topic  Post A Reply
profile | register | preferences | faq | search

next newest topic | next oldest topic
Author Topic:   U.S. Space & Rocket Center: Leadership change
Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27328
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 11-17-2010 12:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Huntsville Times reports over what it describes as a "messy fight" over the leadership of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
The governing board of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, home of world-famous U.S. Space Camp, meets in Huntsville today to do something many of its members thought they did in August: fire CEO Larry Capps.

But in a year when space center board members don't agree on the center's financial health or its future, the fight over Capps is symbolic. If they're not sure they fired the CEO, what's going on at Alabama's top tourist attraction?

Today's showdown comes at a critical time for the space center. How will it evolve when its main attraction, Space Camp, is based on a shuttle program that ends next year? Is Capps, now 70, trying to stay too long?

The article goes on to report that Gov. Bob Riley replaced three members of the Center's board, including former NASA Administrator Michael Griffin, and subsequently it's chair -- Dorothy Davidson, who along with her husband is the namesake of the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, was replaced by Todd Slyman.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27328
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 11-18-2010 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Huntsville Times reports that Larry Capps will remain CEO of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center until Feb. 28 or until a replacement is hired.
"I'm satisfied," Capps said Wednesday night after the center's governing board compromised at the last moment before his job went on the line at a special called meeting.

Under the deal reached between Capps' supporters and opponents, he becomes a consultant if a CEO is hired before Feb. 28. In that role, he will do what the new CEO decides.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27328
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 11-29-2010 12:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is now formally hiring a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO).
U.S. Space and Rocket Center Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Seeking energetic and visionary leader for the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. This position requires management of the Center's finances; cultivation and effective management of corporate, community, state and federal partners; leadership to executive management team; and understands how to serve constituents with dedication and excellence.

Qualifications: M.S. in Business Administration or Management preferred.

Experience requirements as follows: minimum of 10 years or equivalent executive experience with a large for-profit or non-profit organization.

The following specialized experience preferred: management of federal and state grants and development of corporate and government partnerships a plus; international business or education administrative experience; management of multi-business lines within same organization; and experience within the aerospace industry.

Full-time position with benefits Forward resume to: ussrc.ceo.job@gmail.com AA/Equal Opportunity Employer

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27328
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 12-17-2010 01:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Huntsville Times reports that Dr. Deborah Edwards Barnhart, one of the early builders of Space Camp, was unanimously approved Friday morning to be the new executive director of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. She was one of four finalists and 73 applicants.

Her hiring is subject to formal approval by the full Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission, which will meet in special session Tuesday.

Barnhart was director of Space Camp and Space Academy from 1986 until 1990 in the early years after it was started in 1982. She worked under original center director Ed Buckbee, who started space camp after an observation by Dr. Wernher von Braun that America had camps for music and sports, so why not space?

Barnhart wrote the curriculum for the center's space Academy II, teachers' program and Aviation Challenge program and ran Space Camp itself.

She joined the U.S. Navy in 1990 and reached the rank of captain and later became a vice president at Hamilton Sundstrand Space and Sea Systems International and Honeywell International.

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27328
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 12-30-2010 11:11 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
U.S. Space & Rocket Center release
Barnhart assumes command at U.S. Space & Rocket Center

When the vote was taken and Dr. Deborah Edwards Barnhart was chosen to take command of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, one of the employees grasped her hand and said, "Welcome home." Today, Dr. Barnhart assumed control of Alabama's top tourist attraction, the museum and camp program where she first worked almost 40 years ago.

"This is where the training wheels come off for thousands of young people. This is where they imagine the reputations they will achieve in their lifetimes," Barnhart said. She added, "Our mission today is to build on what we have, capitalize on the strengths of a vibrant aerospace and defense community, and showcase the technologies that change our culture."

Dr. Barnhart was a Media and Advertising Specialist twice during the 1970's, when it was still the Alabama Space & Rocket Center. She returned in the 1980's, first as a Corporate Fundraiser, and then became one of the original camp directors under Space Camp founder Ed Buckbee. She is credited with co-authoring much of the original curriculum for the more advanced Space Academy, Space Academy for Educators, and Aviation Challenge programs.

Dr. Barnhart is spending her first day reviewing Center business in meetings with key personnel and department heads, "listening, learning and observing." She'll be briefed on every aspect of the operation, a process that is expected to take several days. Dr. Barnhart will also tour the Center over the next few days, taking a personal look at the facilities and meeting employees one-on-one.

Retiring CEO Larry Capps was on-hand to welcome Dr. Barnhart this morning. Through an agreement with the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission, the USSRC's governing body, Capps will remain at the Center through February as a consultant, primarily to assist in the completion of arrangements with foreign investors that he initiated months ago. He leaves behind an 11-year legacy of growth, including the construction of the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, the restoration of Huntsville's Saturn V rocket vehicle, the construction of the NASA Educator's Resource Center, the creation of the Geospatial Training and Application Center, and the elimination of approximately half the debt incurred by a previous administration.

"I've said it countless times and it bears repeating today. The successes we've had during my tenure here have been the result of the Center's employees, pure and simple" Capps said. He adds, "That's what I'll miss, the relationships we've developed over the years. But this represents the turning of a new page for me. Brenda and I have some travel plans we've been putting off for far too long."

Robert Pearlman
Editor

Posts: 27328
From: Houston, TX
Registered: Nov 1999

posted 02-03-2011 08:06 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
The Huntsville Times reports that Irene Wilhite, longtime curator of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center archives, and and her assistant, her son Jamie, are among 16 full-time employees who have been laid off.
Dr. Deborah Barnhart, Space Center CEO and executive director, said she thinks [archives are crucial]. She said quite a bit of research about the archives was done before taking action this week, that the archives are remaining open and aren't going anywhere.

"I consulted with the Smithsonian (Institution) about the right kind of curatorial care that's required," Barnhart said. "I'm very concerned about the condition of these, and my stewardship of these artifacts that will last decades beyond my tenure."

She said Friday that the Smithsonian - which owns some of the items on display here - is assisting as the Space Center determines the best museum practices and methods to ensure the collection is protected and available for future generations. That could include more partnerships with other organizations, eventually hiring another curator or a combination of approaches.

The Space Center has for some time had agreements with the University of Alabama in Huntsville and its Salmon Library involving the care and availability of documents at both institutions, Barnhart said. Those efforts will continue and perhaps be expanded.

"There's no intention at this moment to move any of the papers or any of the artifacts," she said.

On Thursday, Barnhart told Space Center employees about plans to cut the full-time work force from 129 to 113 as part of a restructuring to cut costs and increase efficiency. The move is expected to save about $1.2 million annually.

All times are CT (US)

next newest topic | next oldest topic

Administrative Options: Close Topic | Archive/Move | Delete Topic
Post New Topic  Post A Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | The Source for Space History & Artifacts

Copyright 1999-2012 collectSPACE.com All rights reserved.


Ultimate Bulletin Board 5.47a





advertisement