Board of Visitors

The University of Texas at Austin McDonald Observatory and Department of Astronomy Board of Visitors is a supporters' group for the Texas Astronomy Program. It includes business people, educators, attorneys, scientists, artists, architects, and engineers, from throughout Texas and the United States.

The Board of Visitors has accomplished great things for the Texas astronomy program, from funding chairs, professorships, and fellowships, to helping with private contributions to build the magnificent Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment, the Frank N. Bash Visitors Center, and much more. In addition, the Board of Visitors provides annual discretionary funding for the observatory director and department chair. more..

july 2015 summer meeting

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BoV Member Registration

Special Guests Registration

Dept./Obs. Staff Registration

UT Admin. Registration


News and information from the Board of Visitors Executive Committee.

Matching Gifts

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Previous Meetings

Video, audio, and presentation slides from Previous Meetings.

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McDonald Observatory on social media

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Vision Plan [pdf]

A Vision of Excellence in Astronomy, prepared by the Strategic Planning Committee with input from the entire Astronomy Program.


BoV Chair
Wayne Alexander

BoV Chair's Message from Wayne Alexander

April 27, 2014

A transition in the McDonald Observatory Directorship, celebrating 75 years of astronomical discovery, and more — all highlights of an important year for Texas Astronomy and the Board of Visitors more..


Tom Montemayor

April 2014: Texas Astronomers, BoV Members, and others in the News

April 27, 2014

Frank Cianciolo’s time-lapse movie of the tax day 2014 lunar eclipse gets a big boost on Twitter. The Texas Exes video newsletter called “The Hook” highlights UT Austin’s partnership in the Giant Magellan Telescope. And sophisticated software for studying planetary systems (disguised as a fun game), goes viral on the web. more..


Thanks to Sponsors, Partners for making 75th-Anniversary Events Possible

April 27, 2014

We thank our sponsors and partners for helping us create a series of outreach events in honor of the observatory's 75th anniversary events and for helping build the 75th-Anniversary Endowment for Education and Outreach. more..


David Doss: The Otto Struve Telescope in 2013

Online Connections, Many Voices for the 75th Anniversary

April 27, 2014

Online connections bring many voices into the celebration of McDonald Observatory's 75th Anniversary. more..


Coyne Gibson, McDonald Observatory

Update: HETDEX Construction Progress

March 12, 2014

Construction of the Hobby-Eberly Telescope Dark Energy Experiment (HETDEX) is making significant progress on Mount Fowlkes at McDonald Observtory. more..


Steven Finkelstein

News from UT Astronomy: Finkelstein, colleagues measure most distant galaxy

October 30, 2013

In case you missed it, The University of Texas at Austin Astronomy faculty member Steven Finkelstein was the lead author on a paper, announced on October 23, 2013, that made worldwide news. He led a team that has discovered and measured the distance to a galaxy designated z8_GND_5296, which, at redshift 7.51, is the most distant galaxy ever found. The galaxy is seen as it was at a time just 700 million years after the Big Bang. more..

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Calendar of Events

Board of Visitors Winter meeting 2016


February 19-20, 2016

Board of Visitors Summer meeting 2016

McDonald Observatory

July 29-30, 2016

Board of Visitors Winter meeting 2017


February 24-25, 2017

Board of Visitors Summer meeting 2017

McDonald Observatory

July 21-22, 2015 more >>


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