President and CEO
George Sparks has been the President/CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science since November 2004. He spent 24 years in the electronics measurement business at Hewlett-Packard and Agilent Technologies. He was General Manager for several HP divisions from 1987-1999, eventually leading a division of 1,800 people worldwide. His career included marketing, sales, and general management of global businesses in software, systems, and services.
Prior to joining Hewlett-Packard, George spent 9 years in the Air Force as a pilot and as an Assistant Professor of Aeronautics at the USAF Academy (1976-1978). He is a Distinguished Graduate of the USAF Academy with a BS in Aeronautical Engineering, and also holds an MS in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.
George's passion is educational public policy, particularly around STEAM (adding Arts to traditional math and science, STEM). He is a member of Colorado Concern and the Colorado Forum, and is on the Boards of Aspen Academy (an independent school), Colorado Bright Beginnings (Emeritus), Colorado Education Initiative, Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Colorado Student Leaders Institute, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Denver School of Science & Technology, Mountain States Employers Council, Inc., National Western Stock Show Association, the Public Education and Business Coalition (Emeritus), and Visit Denver.
He loves his wife and all his children.