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NOAO Newsletter - KPNO Operations - March 2000 - Number 61


WIYN Board Commends Glen Blevins, Welcomes Pat Phelan

Richard Green

At its meeting last fall in Bloomington, Indiana, the WIYN Board recognized another major transition in NOAO personnel supporting the consortium. Glen Blevins had announced that, as part of his phasing down of professional activities at NOAO, he would be relinquishing his responsibility as Financial Officer of the WIYN corporation. Pat Phelan, NOAO's Business Manager, will be taking over that position and was warmly welcomed by the Board members.

Caption: Seen here with his grandchildren, Glen Blevins, who for years served as the NOAO Manager of Central Administrative Services, is ramping down his professional activities at NOAO. The WIYN Board commended him for his responsibility as Financial Officer of the WIYN Consortium.

The Board expressed its appreciation for Glen's skill and dedication with the following resolution:

The WIYN Board of Directors, on behalf of the entire Consortium, expresses its gratitude and appreciation for the service contributions of Mr. Glen Blevins. As Financial Officer of WIYN from 1989 to 1999, Glen provided meticulous oversight of WIYN's financial records. His calm acuity was an important stabilizing influence through WIYN's many financial storms. His dedication and his advocacy of WIYN's interests went well beyond the requirements of his title. Without him, the complex trade-offs in the original WIYN Agreement would not have been formulated; and, without his persistent efforts, they may not have worked so well. Glen was one of the rocks upon which the WIYN organization has rested. The gentle assurance of his presence at WIYN Board meetings will be missed, but the high standards of professionalism and competence he set for all members of the WIYN organization will be remembered for years to come.

Here is another example of the broad range of expertise and skill required to create a dynamic observatory. As astronomers who benefit from WIYN, we all share the Board's gratitude to Glen for the creation of a successful and solvent consortium.


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