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Passing of the baton

Passing the batonAfter four days of sessions, keynotes, demonstrations, and museum visits, the 2009 ASTC Annual Conference closed with the “passing of the baton” from retiring executive director Bonnie VanDorn to new CEO Bud Rock. Rock comes to ASTC from Arizona State University, where he served as vice president for global engagement. Prior to that, he had a 25-year career at the U.S. State Department that culminated with a five-year appointment as acting assistant secretary and principal deputy assistant secretary of state responsible for oceans, environment, and science.

Following remarks from VanDorn and Rock, Lesley Lewis, outgoing ASTC president and CEO of the Ontario Science Centre, Toronto, introduced newly elected ASTC president Nancy Stueber, president and CEO of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Portland.

About the image: Bonnie VanDorn “passes the baton” of leadership to Bud Rock at the closing luncheon of the 2009 ASTC Annual Conference. Photo by Christine Ruffo