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Meet: the Director . . .

The Detroit Observatory is managed by the Bentley Historical Library and is under the direction of Gary Krenz.

Gary joined the Bentley as director for post-bicentennial planning in 2018.  He previously served as executive director of the U-M Bicentennial Office from 2013 to 2018. He was special counsel to the U-M president, acting as an advisor on presidential initiatives, planning, issue management, and policy development.

Portrait of Austin Edmister with Fitz telescope
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4/8/22 Detroit Observatory ReOpening event.

and the Assistant Director

Austin Edmister serves as assistant director for astronomy at the Detroit Observatory. Austin holds a BS in physics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and an MS in astrophysics from Michigan State University. He has over a decade of experience using telescopes and planetariums to teach about the wonders of the night sky.

and our student docents and staff.