Sep 27

AURA Board of Directors

Composition and Roles

The members of the AURA Board of Directors are ultimately responsible for the operation of AURA and the astronomical research Centers that it manages. The Board of Directors has and may exercise all of the powers of AURA and shall have charge, management, and control of the business and affairs of AURA. They approve (or delegate authority for approval of) AURA program plans, budget, and long-range plans, including those of the astronomical research Centers. They act as trustees for the mission of AURA, the efficient operation of the astronomical research Centers and the advancement of the astronomical sciences. As trustees, they bring to bear the perspectives of the astronomical community in general and of the university community in particular the Board’s oversight of the Centers. As individuals, the Board members work with the President and Corporate staff in dealing with the funding agencies and the AURA-managed Centers. As representatives of AURA at their home institutions, Board members gain understanding and support for the national centers among their colleagues and administrators.

Andrew Baker

Rutgers University

Elizabeth Barton

Infiniscape Incorporated

Karen Bjorkman

University of Toledo

James Crocker (Vice Chair)

Lockheed Martin retired

Roger Davies

University of Oxford

Megan Donahue

Michigan State University

Maura Hagan (Chair)

Utah State University retired

Jeff Hall

SOC Chair
Lowell Observatory

Todd Hoeksema

W.W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory
Stanford University

Dan Jaffe

University of Texas

Matt Mountain (ex officio)


Sally Oey

University of Michigan

Jerome Oglesby

Ahead, Inc

David Reitze

NMOC Chair
LIGO Laboratory
California Institute of Technology

Willie Rockward

STIC Chair
Morgan State University

Maria Teresa Ruiz

Departamento de Astronomia
Universidad de Chile

James H. Yeck

AMCR Chair
Brookhaven National Laboratory

University of Wisconsin-Madison