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Director of Strategic Air & Space Museum steps down

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Director of Strategic Air & Space Museum steps down

Scott Tarry

The executive director of the Strategic Air & Space Museum in Ashland, Neb., is stepping aside after two years at the helm, but he will maintain ties as a paid consultant.

Scott Tarry, who also directs the Nebraska Space Grant and teaches at the University of Nebraska at Omaha Aviation Institute, succeeded Evonne Williams as museum director in September 2011.

Tarry helped guide a master plan that broadened the museum's mission to include more science and technology education, spokeswoman Angela Roeber said.

“The board brought him on to help revitalize the museum, and he's done that,” Roeber said. “He's handing off the torch to the next person.”

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Deputy Director Ken Schroeder will be acting director until the board finds a replacement for Tarry.

Schroeder will be the museum's fifth director in six years. Before coming to the museum in July 2012, he was executive director of the Edgerton Explorit Center in Aurora, Neb.

Roeber said that the board never intended for Tarry to stay on long-term and that this kind of turnover is common in the nonprofit world.

Tarry has been with UNO since 2000, university spokesman Charley Reed said.

As museum director, Tarry was paid a base salary of $143,783 in 2012, according to federal tax filings. Roeber said she didn't know how much he would be paid as a consultant.

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