Jeff Hall has been the Director of the world-renowned Lowell Observatory since 2010. He has served there in other positions since 1997. Under his leadership, Lowell has completed the Discovery Channel Telescope, a $10 million project that is the 5th largest telescope in the United States. Recently, Northern Arizona University signed on to be a partner in accessing the telescope.
Recently, Jeff’s leadership was on display when the Arizona legislature passed a bill on to the Governor Jan Brewer for approval that would have allowed illuminated electronic billboards to be placed around the state. The billboards would have had a major impact on Flagstaff’s world-renowned dark skies. Hall and a group of astronomy leaders around the state worked hard to get the message to Governor Brewer about the potentially damaging impact the signs would have. The Governor eventually vetoed the bill.
Jeff serves in a variety of roles in the community, including as a member of Flagstaff Forty which is leading Flagstaff’s STEM city initiatives. He is the chair of the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra’s programming committee and serves on the President’s Advisory Council at Coconino Community College. He also served terms on the Boards of Directors for the Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra and Northland Preparatory Academy (NPA). He was integral to NPA’s expansion from 380 to 620 students in 2011.
Nationally, Jeff serves on the American Astronomy Society’s Committee on Light Pollution, Radio Interference, and Space Debris. He has also served on NASA and National Science Foundation’s review panels.
Jeff is also an accomplished musician, recently playing as a Guest Organist for the Master Chorale in 2013.