California Academy of Sciences appoints new executive director 

The California Academy of Sciences announced today the appointment of its new executive director, Dr. Jonathan Foley. Foley, who is currently the director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, will begin work at the Academy on Aug. 18.

Foley's recent research has focused on food security for the growing global population and other environmental challenges.

Foley will replace current executive director, Dr. Gregory Farrington, who announced his retirement in January. Farrington will continue to work with the Academy as a global ambassador.

Mayor Ed Lee thanked Farrington for his service, saying, “He oversaw the Academy’s move into its new LEED Platinum home in Golden Gate Park, which combines a museum, aquarium, planetarium, and research and education institution and has attracted a record-breaking number of visitors."

The mayor also welcomed Foley to his new post. He said, “His proven experience in ecosystem science and sustainability, his international leadership, and his collaborative approach will be exceptional assets to the Academy and San Francisco."

“I am truly thrilled and honored to be asked to serve as the next executive director of the California Academy of Sciences. I have long admired the Cal Academy as a place that brilliantly connects science and society, and am excited to work with the whole Academy community to pursue the vital mission of exploring, explaining and sustaining life on Earth,” said Foley.

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