Senior Management


Todd R. Boyette

Todd Boyette

Todd Boyette has provided leadership for Morehead's growth and innovation since July 2006. He is a past president of the North Carolina Grassroots Science Museums Collaborative and previously served as president and CEO of The Health Adventure in Asheville, N.C., and as director of Imagination Station in Wilson, N.C.

Boyette holds a doctoral degee in science education, a master's degree in science education and bachelor's degrees in science education and in chemistry, all from North Carolina State University, where he also served as program coordinator for the Science House. He is a former high school chemistry teacher and currently serves on the clinical faculty of the UNC School of Education.

Since coming to UNC, Boyette has expanded Morehead's outreach programming, adding the PLANETS portable planetarium program, the GSK Science in the Summer program and the Time Warner Cable Minds On! program. In 2010, he co-founded the North Carolina Science Festival.

Boyette currently serves as a board member for Learn NC and as vice president of the Association of Science Museum Directors.


Director of Business Operations

Susan Durham

Susan Durham oversees all business functions of the organization. She is responsible for finance, human resources, contract negotiations, information technology, building and space management, and retail operations. Durham began working for UNC-Chapel Hill in the Anesthesiology Department in 2000 as their finance/administration manager. She also worked for the Institute for Science Learning before joining Morehead in 2006.

Durham holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Foster School of Business at the University of Washington. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Belmont University.


Director of Diversity, Engagement and Outreach

Crystal Harden Adams

Crystal Harden Adams

Crystal Harden Adams oversees the development of diversity initiatives and outreach programs for Morehead, including the DESTINY Traveling Science Learning Program, GSK Science in the Summer (North Carolina) and STEMville. She joined Morehead in February 2008 and served as an expert on mobile programs in science education for the United States Department of State in Amman, Jordan, in July 2011. In 2013, she was awarded the Outstanding Informal Educator Award from the North Carolina Science, Math and Technology Center.

Adams holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from North Carolina Central University, a master’s degree in teaching from UNC-Chapel Hill and a certification in administration from Alabama State University. She is pursuing a doctoral degree in curriculum and instruction at UNC-Chapel Hill.


Director of Advancement

Jeff Hill

Jeff Hill

Jeff Hill leads Morehead’s development activities and guides guest relations and marketing. Morehead hired Hill in 2002 as its first marketing director in its history. Hill also served as Morehead’s interim director, February 2005-July 2006.

Hill holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also holds bachelor’s degrees in journalism and in political science from the University. Prior to business school, Hill was an Emmy Award-winning television producer. He also worked in marketing for the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Director of Education and Planning

Denise Young

Denise Young

Denise Young is responsible for Morehead Planetarium and Science Center’s educational programming including summer camps, afterschool science, classes, fulldome planetarium show productions and “visitor experiences” -- a new approach to traditional museum exhibits. After serving as Morehead’s first full-time outreach educator in 2002, Young became education director in July 2004.

Young holds a doctoral degree in education, a master’s degree in school administration and bachelor’s degrees in elementary education and in American studies, all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and was also awarded the prestigious North Carolina Principal Fellowship. She has served in public schools as a classroom teacher, a gifted-education specialist and a school-based curriculum facilitator. In 1998, she was awarded National Board Certification for demonstrated excellence in teaching.