Florida Academy of Sciences, the 81-year-old organization known for recognizing the state’s top scientists through its annual FAS Medalist program, will move its corporate offices from the Orlando Science Center to Florida Institute of Technology this fall.
The academy had been housed at the science center for decades before renovations earlier this year eliminated its office space. FAS President Jeremy Montague said the move to Florida Tech will make the organization more centrally located and allow for greater accessibility to the public.
Details are being finalized about where on campus the FAS office will be located.
Richard Turner, Florida Tech professor of biological sciences and a past FAS president, said the move makes sense, given the university’s long association with the academy and steady participation by faculty in FAS activities.
The relocation arrangement was brokered by Turner along with Frank Kinney, chief of staff to Florida Tech President T. Dwayne McCay, and John Trefry, professor chemical oceanography and an FAS past-president.