On July 31, 2010, Professor Tom Jones, Department of Astronomy and MSI Fellow, stepped down after serving as MSI Interim Director for two years.
During his tenure as Interim Director, Professor Jones spearheaded the purchase of Itasca, a Hewlett-Packard Linux cluster that is the Institute's newest supercomputer. He also implemented a number of administrative and technical changes in MSI's management procedures. Among these is the new online system for renewing user accounts. He also helped with the international search for the new MSI Director, Professor Jorge Vinals, who has taken over as of August 1.
MSI and OVPR staff thanked Professor Jones at a reception on July 15.