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Director's Office

Director's Office

Mission Statement

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory enables forefront research into the Universe at radio wavelengths.

In partnership with the scientific community, we provide world leading telescopes, instrumentation, data and expertise; train the next generation of scientists and engineers; advance broader, equitable, inclusive participation in science and engineering; and promote astronomy to foster a more scientifically literate society.

About the Director

Tony Beasley became the Director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) in May 2012 and serves as AUI’s Vice President for NRAO. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Physics with First Class Honors (1986), and a PhD in Astrophysics (1991) from the University of Sydney. His doctoral thesis examined magnetic field generation and solar-stellar activity in post-main-sequence stars. His scientific interests include non-thermal stellar radio emission, Very Long Baseline Interferometry techniques, radio supernovae, and astrometry of stellar/interstellar masers.

He first joined NRAO as a post-doc, then as a scientific staff member and senior manager in Socorro, NM and Charlottesville, VA. Since 2000, his career has focused on the design, construction, operation, and management of major scientific research facilities, with roles including: Project Manager for the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA), 2000-2004; ALMA Project Manager at the Joint ALMA Observatory in Chile, 2004-2008, leading the ALMA construction project through multiple international reviews and a major re-baselining effort; Operations Officer and Project Manager for NEON (National Ecological Observatory Network), 2008-2012, leading this continental-scale observatory designed to provide scientists with 30 years of ecological data on the impacts of climate change, land use change, and invasive species on natural resources and biodiversity.

Open Door - Safe Space

The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is committed to providing an inclusive and diverse work environment where all staff are valued and recognized for their unique contributions to our community. The Director’s Office maintains an open door policy, encouraging open communication, feedback, and discussion about issues of importance to any member of the staff.


The National Radio Astronomy Observatory is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for our employees, visitors, and guests, and has adopted a Code of Conduct that includes prohibitions against discrimination and harassment of any kind, including sexual harassment.


NRAO Director's Office
520 Edgemont Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903-2475
(434) 296-0221

Tony Beasley
NRAO Director

Phil Jewell
Deputy Director

Assistant Director

Lyndele von Schill
Office of Diversity and Inclusion

Director of Science Communications

Director of Advancement

Sheila Marks
Executive Administrator
Directors Office

Executive Administrator

Nicole Thisdell
Communications Analyst