AAAS CEO Rush Holt to Retire in 2019; Search Underway for Successor

The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced that chief executive Rush D. Holt will retire later in 2019. Holt has stated his intention to remain CEO until the fall of 2019 while the AAAS Board of Directors undergoes an international search for Holt’s successor. Holt, who came to AAAS in 2015, has been a long-time champion of national science policy. His tenure as CEO of AAAS follows a decorated career in science and public service including serving eight terms as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, as a visiting scholar for the Institute of Advanced Studies, an assistant director of the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory, an arms control expert for the U.S. State Department, a faculty member of Physics at Swarthmore College, and a AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow.

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