J. Donald Cline
President & Founder
In 1998, Don founded the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) and continues to serve as PARI’s president and chairman of the board. Don has served on advisory boards for the Appalachian State University (ASU) College of Arts and Sciences, the ASU Engineering Physics Professional Science Master (PSM) programs, UNC Greensboro College of Arts and Sciences (2007-2013), Mars Hill College (2006-2012), Guilford Technical Community College, UNC Charlotte, Guilford College Board of Visitors and the NASA NC Space Grant Consortium. He also helped fund the J. Donald Cline Observatory atop the Frank Family Science Center at Guilford College, the J. Donald Cline Observatory at GTCC, and the Jo & Don Cline Visitor Center at the ASU Dark Sky Observatory. When Don is not on campus, he enjoys being 3,000+ feet up in his hot air balloon!