Executive Director

We are very pleased to announce that Denise Young, director of education and planning for the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will assume the role of executive director at the Bell Museum + Planetarium on September 12.

She will oversee programs, research and facilities at a crucial time in the museum's 144-year history as it prepares to move to a new, state‐of‐the‐art facility on the St. Paul campus in 2018.

In Chapel Hill, she established the education department and assembled a large, diverse team to provide science education experiences to early childhood through adult audiences. During her tenure, science center visitation has nearly doubled to 150,000 and philanthropic support has increased exponentially. She's also a clinical assistant professor in the department of Learning Sciences and Psychological Studies at the University of North Carolina, and has been a lead classroom educator and gifted education specialist at an inner city integrated arts magnet school and a science-focused elementary public school adjacent to Duke University. She holds an Ed.D. from UNC in curriculum and instruction, M.S.A. in school administration/educational leadership and B.A. in early childhood education.

Denise's success at developing award-winning science education and community outreach programs at a museum and planetarium nested in a university environment wonderfully positions her to lead the Bell Museum + Planetarium as it embarks on this exciting new phase in its life.

Learn more about the new, world class facility with improved exhibits space, a versatile 120-seat planetarium/digital theater and expanded educational areas is scheduled to open in St. Paul on the University of Minnesota campus in 2018. This $64M facility will showcase University of Minnesota research, scholarship and education in natural science. The museum's exhibits and public programming will foster scientific literacy for all ages and will serve as a vital interface between the University and the larger community.