George Jacoby has been appointed the first director of the WIYN Observatory.
The WIYN Consortium is pleased to announce that George Jacoby will become director of the WIYN Observatory as of September 18th. The Search Committee was impressed with George's credentials, as stated in their recommendation:
George Jacoby brings a record of successful project and opera-tions management, as well as a strong scientific reputation. George was project scientist (along with Taft Armandroff) for NOAO's CCD Mosaic imagers; these instruments are now the most heavily subscribed, and run with good reliability and sta-bility. That project required coordination among several technical groups, both in Tucson and La Serena. George also served as the IRAF program scientist, successfully defending the program, and managing the scientific priorities of a six-person software operations group. He also served limited terms as 4-meter telescope scientist, WIYN telescope scientist, and co-director of KPNO. George Jacoby brings scientific reputation and manage-ment experience. As George put it, the dedication of one energetic individual can make a big difference to WIYN right now. We concur.
To the WIYN Board of Directors, President Bob Mathieu announced,
I think we have done very well, and I look forward to a bright future for
the WIYN Observatory under George Jacoby's leadership.
I would like to express my appreciation to Jeff Alberts, Richard Green, Kent
Honeycutt, and Jeff Kenney for serving the Board so well as the Search
Committee during the course of this long process. With luck it will be a
while before we again see Room 263 at the O'Hare Best Western!
I would like to express my appreciation to Jeff Alberts, Richard Green, Kent Honeycutt, and Jeff Kenney for serving the Board so well as the Search Committee during the course of this long process. With luck it will be a while before we again see Room 263 at the O'Hare Best Western!
A major responsibility for the new director is focus-ing WIYN's development resources and partner talent into a successful (i.e., funded!) plan for new instrumentation. That need was highlighted by the five-year performance review committee, and was one of the strongest motivations for appoint-ing a director. I very much look forward to working with George as he molds the scientific future of the telescope that, in the reviewers' words, "delivers the best images over a wide field of view of any continental US facility."