MEDITECH CEO Howard Messing Elected Museum of Science Chairman of the Board

June 14, 2010

BOSTON—The Board of Trustees of the Museum of Science, Boston elected MEDITECH president and CEO Howard Messing chairman of the Museum's board at its June 10, 2010, annual meeting. The Museum is one of the world's largest science centers and Boston's most attended cultural institution. Messing, 57, succeeds Richard M. Burnes Jr., who oversaw the integration of technology and sustainability into the Museum's mission, creation of its National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®), and renovations of the Mugar Omni Theater, Sophia & Bernard M. Gordon Wing, and Charles Hayden Planetarium.

"We are thrilled Howard is taking on this vital role," says Ioannis Miaoulis, the Museum's president and director. "With his lifelong passion for science and engineering education, Howard understands the importance of the Museum's expanded mission. We will benefit greatly from his grasp of the corporate and philanthropic worlds, his love of the Museum, and his leadership in the scientific and technological communities." Messing oversees a staff of 3,000 at MEDITECH, based in Westwood, Massachusetts. The company provides integrated software solutions to meet the information needs of health care organizations around the world.

"I am excited to serve as chairman of an institution committed to transforming the nation's relationship with science and technology and to sparking exploration of the natural and human-made worlds. I hope to build on the Museum's philanthropic relationships as we continue to move from being an extraordinary regional informal science center to national leadership in K-12 engineering. I'm concerned about the poor public perception of science, technology, engineering, and math in our country. The NCTL is a wonderful vehicle to teach STEM. At the same time, our core mission as an innovative science center is as important as ever. I look forward to re-opening our new Planetarium as New England's most technologically advanced digital theater in February 2011. Working with the Museum's talented staff, trustees, and overseers to shape our future, I know we will realize our ambitious vision."

Messing's commitment to the Museum will serve it well as it advances engineering education nationwide, illuminates the life sciences revolution with its groundbreaking Hall of Human Life in 2012, enriches core exhibits, and continues to transform itself to bridge the natural and human-made worlds.

An overseer since 1997 and a trustee since 2001, Messing was first amazed by the Museum's Planetarium and Theater of Electricity as a student at MIT where he graduated in 1973 with a B.S. in electrical engineering and computer science. Inspired as early as 1957 by Sputnik, Messing built a boat with a magnet that pointed north and explained how compasses worked, winning a science fair ribbon. Soon afterward, a visit to the Charles Hayden Planetarium at New York's American Museum of Natural History sparked a passion for astronomy, and at 16 he was programming computers for New York University business professors.

Messing lives with his wife of 30 years, Colleen, in Westwood. They have a grown daughter and son. Messing chaired Westwood's Economic Development Advisory Board from 2007 to 2009 and its Finance Commission from 2003 to 2006. In addition to a love of travel, Messing also collects and photographs minerals "because of how beautiful they are and how amazing it is they came out of the earth." Flying his own Piper Saratoga from 1985-2008, he often provided free transportation to needy people requiring medical care through Angel Flight.

About the Museum of Science, Boston

The Museum takes a hands-on approach to science, engineering, math, and technology, attracting about 1.5 million visitors a year via its programs and 700 interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a multi-museum, $20 million National Science Foundation-funded nanotechnology education initiative. The Museum's "Science Is an Activity" exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy® aims to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists. Visit

Press Contacts

Gail Jennes: 617/589-0393 or