Doug King – 2015 Propelling Youth Program Honoree
Doug King 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. He operates the museum in
pursuit of a long-term vision called Vision 2020. This vision calls for a world-class collection and impactful
education program which will deliver an inspirational visitor experience.
King joined the Museum of Flight in January of 2011 after fifteen years as President of the Saint Louis Science
Center, the fourth largest in the country, and one of the nation’s 25 largest museums. While there he built a
team that was rewarded with the Association of Science-Technology Center’s highest honor—the Roy L. Shafer
Leading Edge Award—three times since 2005.
Prior to his work at the Saint Louis Science Center, King served for five years as president of Challenger Center
for Space Science Education headquartered in Washington, DC. Founded by the families of the Challenger
crew, the center now has established educational facilities in more than 50 cities across North America and
England, including St. Louis and Seattle.
Before becoming involved in education, he spent nearly 20 years in the electronics industry. King served 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. 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
Beyond his very impressive resume, Doug King is genuinely passionate about youth programming. He is an
advocate of the Michael P. Anderson Memorial Aerospace Program a supporter of the Sam Bruce Chapter, TAI,
and a friend of the Red-Tailed Hawks Youth Program. The learning atmosphere he has helped to create at the
Museum of Flight is the perfect backdrop for the Red-Tailed Hawks Aviation Camp. You can see the sparkle in
his eyes when talks about the potential of current and future programs to inspire youth towards aviation.