Director of the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center Todd Boyette was recently appointed president of the Association of Science Museum Directors. Staff writer Harris Wheless spoke to him about his work as director of the Morehead Planetarium and his feelings about his new appointment.
THE DAILY TAR HEEL: What about this job as planetarium director have you enjoyed, and what changes or improvements have you worked to implement?
TODD BOYETTE: I enjoy a lot related to this job. Probably what I enjoy the most is being on a university campus. This is the third science center that I’ve directed. It’s the first one that I’ve led that’s been on a university campus. I love the work that we do with faculty. I love working with the students because we have over 100 students that work here on a regular basis each year.
I like the academic environment, I like the energy and the fact that Morehead is an iconic institution in the state ... Now, in terms of the things that have happened under my leadership, I’ll point to two major ones ... We launched the North Carolina Science Festival in 2010 and it was the first statewide science festival in the country and last year we had over 3,800 participants ... The other was the conversion of our planetarium system from an analog projector system to a digital system. We did that about six years ago.
DTH: What will your role be as the new president?