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Headwaters Science Center gets new director

BEMIDJI -- The Headwaters Science Center's new executive director has plenty of ideas to help the center continue to grow.

The HSC chose Susan Joy, a science enthusiast who has a passion for science centers, to lead the center.

"I think she will bring lots of enthusiasm and new ideas," former Executive Director Laddie Elwell said. "I believe that she will be an excellent leader, and I know it was a great choice."

Joy found the job through a posting on the Association of Science Technology Centers website. She visited the HSC in January and was impressed with what it had to offer.

"I visited in January and instantly felt the support and dedication that Bemidji has for this unique institution and the staff who make the operation possible," she said.

Joy, an Idaho native, currently manages community administration with the Northern Arizona Council of Governments.

She graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., with a degree in geology and went on to get her master's degree from the University of Montana.

Joy worked as a hydrology consultant in Boise, Idaho, and also worked at the Palouse Discovery Science Center in Pullman, Wash.

She was selected from 20 applicants. Elwell said Joy's style and her interest in science centers made her stand out.

"Children and adults who visit HSC are given an opportunity to experience science, technology and mathematics in a way that is fun and not threatening," Joy said. "They are also given the opportunity to experience a place that small communities do not have."

Elwell played a pivotal role in establishing the science center in Bemidji and is confident Joy will continue the success and build upon the reputation it has built in the last 20 years.

Joy, her husband, Dan, and their two sons, Harper and Charlie Karalus, will arrive in Bemidji June 15. Joy's first day at the center is set for June 18.