I first started working for VMNH as an intern in 1989, shortly after the museum opened. In 1999 I started working here full time, initially as the Laboratory Manager and later as Curator of Paleontology. So it’s a little surprising even to me to announce that I’ll be leaving VMNH at the end of the month to take a new position as the Executive Director of the Western Science Center in Hemet, California.
I’ll obviously have a lot more to say about my new position in the weeks and months to come. In the short term, I’ll be spending most of my time packing my office, preparing to relocate, and making sure the VMNH paleontology department is prepared for my departure. VMNH’s activities at Carmel Church and Solite will continue, as will the Fossil Insect Digitization project. I plan to continue to have some involvement with VMNH’s paleontology activities, at the very least by completing my numerous half-finished manuscripts on Carmel Church.
“Updates” has been continuously running for almost seven years. Fortunately Christina has agreed to take over writing for “Updates”, so you’ll still be able to follow VMNH’s paleontological activities. VMNH also plans to hire a new paleontology curator sometime during the next year, so I’m confident Virginia’s fossil collections will be well cared for.
I’ll be starting a new blog soon about my activities at WSC, and either Christina or I will post the link here. As soon as I have that up and running I hope that you’ll join me there!