Douglas R. King was the President and CEO of the Museum of Flight. In that role, Doug leads a team of more than 500 staff members, docents, and volunteers whose mission is to make the Museum of Flight the foremost educational air and space museum in the world. Doug joined the Museum of Flight in January of 2011 after fifteen years as President of the Saint Louis Science Center. Previously, he served for five years as president of Challenger Center for Space Science Education headquartered in Washington, DC. Before becoming involved in education,
Doug spent nearly 20 years in the electronics industry. including serving as a Vice President of the American Electronics Association and president of the Association of Technology Business Councils. He was appointed by the Administrator of NASA to the Agency’s Education and Public Outreach Committee and by the Chief of Staff of the Air Force to the Air Force Civic Leaders Group, where he earned the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal. He has also served as president of the Association of Museum Directors, Chairman of the NASA Education Advisory Committee, and as a member of the NASA Advisory Council, the Congressional Web-based Education Commission, and the boards of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, the Giant Screen Cinema Association, and the Academy of Science of St. Louis.
He is currently an Accreditation Reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums. A native of Fresno, California, King received his BS degree in engineering from Stanford University and his MBA in finance from the University of Washington. He and his wife, Stacy, have four adult children and three amazing grandsons.