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  • CEO Retirement and New Leadership Roles Effective Year End at Cosmosphere

    CEO Retirement and New Leadership Roles Effective Year End at Cosmosphere

    July 17, 2017

    Today, the Cosmosphere Governing Board of Directors announced the following staff changes according to Board Chairman Eric Steinle. 

    Having served the Cosmosphere since July 2011, Richard Hollowell has announced his retirement effective December 31, 2017. 

    “Dick assumed the position at exactly the right time and we have been lucky to have him.  Under Dick’s leadership, the Cosmosphere has achieved financial stability it had not known for many years, has reenergized its education offerings to create a true International Science Education Center and has launched a Revitalization initiative that will ensure its success for generations to come,” Steinle said. “We are grateful for the six and a half years Dick has shared his astute business leadership. It has left the Cosmosphere a better organization for all its stakeholders.” 

    Replacing Hollowell as CEO will be Jim Remar, current president and chief operating officer. 

    “Over the last several years as president and COO, Jim has demonstrated that he is ready for this new challenge,” Steinle said.  “His knowledge, passion, and commitment to the Cosmosphere and its programs will continue to be a tremendous asset for many years to come and we are excited for Jim to lead the Cosmosphere.”  

    To prepare for 2018, Remar has already begun shaping strategy with a newly named executive team. That team includes, Tracey Tomme, who will assume the duties and title of executive vice president and chief operating officer; Mimi Meredith will be the senior vice president of development and marketing and chief development officer; Steven Birdsall will be the vice president of finance and chief financial officer and Jack Graber will be the vice president of exhibits and technology. 

    “I am honored the board has chosen me as the Cosmosphere's next CEO,” Remar said. “The initiatives launched during Dick's tenure have set the organization on a path that will allow it to continue the legacy started by Patty Carey.  I look forward to working with the board and staff as we move those and future initiatives forward to grow the organization and broaden its reach and impact."

Upcoming Events

  • Cosmosphere Cafe Closed for Renovation
    August 26 – November 30
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  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Glamorous Glennis
    October 19
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  • Space Out Saturday: Ghosts
    October 21
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  • Cosmosphere Cafe Closed for Renovation

    Date: Saturday, August 26, 2017
    Location:Cosmosphere Cafe

    The Cosmosphere Cafe will be closed through November 2017 (TBD) for renovation. During this time, please see our Concession Stand during regular business hours for refreshments and snacks. 

    We're sorry for any inconvenience. 

  • Coffee at the Cosmo: Glamorous Glennis

    Date: Thursday, October 19, 2017 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM
    Location:Cosmosphere

    Offered every Third Thursday from 9:00 - 10:00 am, this enriching continuing education program for life-long learners features entertaining, insightful presentations by Cosmosphere staff and visiting professionals who are experts in a variety of topics related to science and space. Free to the public, coffee and pastries are provided. Watch cosmo.org for topics.

    Enjoy this free presentation on "Glamorous Glennis," by special guest speaker Paul Lytle, facilities engineer at Wichita State University and Cosmosphere volunteer for over 20 years. 

    *Coffee at the Cosmo topics and speakers are subject to change.

  • Space Out Saturday: Ghosts

    Date: Saturday, October 21, 2017 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Location:Cosmosphere Lobby

    THIS MONTHS SUBJECT: GHOSTS! Kids will make their own friendly ghost!

    Family day at the Cosmosphere with free programming for kids – from little tikes to middle school. Join us every third Saturday for our FREE kid-friendly, fun and educational Space Out Saturday! 

    INNOVATOR'S WORKSHOP (LOBBY)
    10:00 am and 12:00 pm

    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Unique, fun, and educational experiences! Explore science, technology, engineering, and math with exciting hands-on demonstrations and activities.

    STORYTIME (LOBBY)
    11:00 am

    Open to all ages
    Sing, dance, read and have a blast!

    SPACE TREK* (LOBBY)
    1:00 pm

    Open to all, recommended for ages 5-12
    Adventures await! Take a special tour designed to inspire and engage our future astronauts and engineers. (*Hall of Space admission required. Reno County residents are FREE)

    SPACE OUT SATURDAYS ARE OFFERED EVERY 3RD SATURDAY AT THE COSMOSPHERE, AND ARE FREE TO THE PUBLIC.

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