LITTLE FERRY, NJ.., May 3, 1997 -- The non-profit SETI League, Inc., leaders in a scientific Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence, today executed a five-year agreement whereby engineering professor and radio astronomer H. Paul Shuch will continue as the group's Executive Director. Currently heading the science non-profit organization in his second year of a one-year sabbatical, Dr. Shuch was scheduled to return this Fall to his teaching duties at the Pennsylvania College of Technology. Now, thanks in part to strong membership support, the SETI League's Board of Trustees is in a position to seek long-term leadership, according to president Richard Factor.
"Paul's vision has guided The SETI League since its inception," says Factor. "He conceived our Project Argus search of the heavens, defined our goals and objectives, built up our membership base, and heads our engineering efforts. We are pleased that he will be staying with us to see some of his dreams through to fruition."
Under the newly signed contract, Dr. Shuch will be resigning his academic post effective 15 August 1997, to devote his full energies to SETI. "This has not been an easy decision for me," admits Shuch. "A tenured full- professorship is not something one gives up lightly. But leading The SETI League has been the most exciting accomplishment of my career. After 24 years of teaching I was, frankly, quite ready for a new challenge. And there's little that is more challenging than guiding an educational and scientific non-profit from embryo to maturity. I'm proud of what our members have accomplished already, and excited about what lies ahead."
SETI scientists seek to determine through microwave and optical measurements whether humankind is alone in the universe. Since Congress terminated NASA's SETI funding in 1993, The SETI League and other scientific groups have been attempting to privatize the research. Experimenters interested in participating in the search for intelligent alien life, or citizens wishing to help support it, should email to join_at_setileague_dot_org, check the SETI League Web site at http://www.setileague.org/, send a fax to +1 (201) 641-1771, or contact The SETI League, Inc. membership hotline at +1 (800) TAU-SETI. Be sure to provide us with a postal address to which we will mail further information. The SETI League, Inc. is a membership-supported, non-profit [501(c)(3)], educational and scientific corporation dedicated to the electromagnetic Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence.
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