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William and Mary alumna becomes first woman director of National Air and Space Museum

William and Mary alumna becomes first woman director of National Air and Space Museum

Former NASA chief scientist Ellen Stofan has been named the first woman director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., effective April 30.

Stofan, a William and Mary graduate, succeeds J.R. “Jack” Dailey as the director of the Air and Space Museum. Dailey retired in January.

A consulting senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, Stofan has more than 25 years experience in space-related organizations as well as a deep research background in planetary geology, according to a news release. She also was chief scientist at NASA from 2013–2016, serving as the principal adviser to former administrator Charles Bolden on...

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