PARI selects new member to serve on its board of directors

Press release

From the Pisgah Astronomical Institute:

Rosman, NC (May 15, 2013) – The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) has selected Michael A. Murphy to serve on its Board of Directors.

Murphy is a Raleigh resident and an astronomy and physics teacher at Ravenscroft School. In 1999, he retired as managing director and president of Trident Financial Corporation, one of the nation’s leading investment banking and financial advisory firms. Murphy is the former Chairman of the Board of MCNC, an independent nonprofit company that provides advanced networking technology and systems to universities, community colleges, public schools and other nonprofits throughout North Carolina.

He currently serves as President of the Friends of the Museum for the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and is a past member of the NC JOBS Commission. From 2001 to 2006 he served in various capacities on the Board of Directors at NC IDEA, formerly the MCNC-Research and Development Institute. Murphy has an MBA from UNC Chapel Hill and a Master of Science degree in Astronomy from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia.

“I have worked closely with Mike Murphy at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences as well as MCNC,” said PARI Founder and President Don Cline. “He has an immense knowledge of how successful nonprofits function and will be a tremendous asset to our Board. Mike is also well connected in the Raleigh and Research Triangle Park area and I’m confident his presence on our Board will be a critical asset for PARI as we expand our awareness in that area and throughout the state.”

“Mike’s professional interests in supporting Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Education make him a valuable addition to our Board of Directors,” said PARI Vice President of Administration and Development Dr. David E Clavier. “I, along with the rest of our staff and Board members, look forward to working with him.”

About PARI
The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) is a public not-for-profit 501 (c) (3) foundation established in 1998. Located in the Pisgah National Forest 30 miles southwest of Asheville, NC, the PARI campus was selected in 1962 by NASA as the site for one of the first U.S. satellite tracking facilities. Today, the 200 acre campus houses radio and optical telescopes, earth science instruments, 30 buildings, a fulltime staff and all the infrastructure necessary to support STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) education and research. PARI offers educational programs at all levels, from K-12 through post-graduate research.

PARI is home to the Astronomical Photographic Data Archive, a member of the NC Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative and a partner in NC OPT-ED. PARI’s Exhibit Gallery displays a collection of rare meteorites as well as NASA Space Shuttle artifacts, many of which have flown in space. For more information about PARI and its programs, visit Follow PARI on Twitter at “Like” PARI on Facebook at


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