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Cincinnati Observatory Names Bellevue's Hehman as Executive Director

The Cincinnati Observatory promoted its operations director and Bellevue resident Anna Hehman to serve as executive director.

Hehman is the first woman to hold the post in the Observatory's 187 years.

She joined the Observatory's staff in 2015 and as director of operations led its fundraising and development efforts as well as finances, human resources, and marketing.

"I'm thrilled and honored to step into this role at such an exciting time for our organization, and am looking forward to ensuring that this National Historic Landmark continues to educate, engage and inspire our community about astronomy and space science for many years to come," Hehman said.  

The board of trustees engaged a search committee led by executive search firm Alinti to evaluate new leaders for the Observatory.

Hehman has fifteen years of experience in nonprofit work with posts at the American Cancer Society and Notre Dame Academy. She is a graduate of Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber’s C-Change program (Class 3) and the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Northern Kentucky program (2014 Class). She has served on the boards of Community Shares of Greater Cincinnati as well as Xavier University’s Private Interests in Public Good (PIPG) program. She also volunteers with the Women’s Fund of Greater Cincinnati, and serves as a volunteer cake baker for Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen and Social Center.

A graduate of Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, Anna earned her master’s in business administration (MBA) from Xavier University’s Williams College of Business.

Hehman cohosts the WVXU podcast “Looking Up” with Observatory Astronomer Dean Regas, who will continue to serve as astronomer and lead programs for the Observatory.

Earlier this year, the board of trustees elected Anna Coutts as the first woman to chair the board.

-Staff report