George Sparks has been the President/CEO of the Denver Museum of Nature and 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 1800 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 the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, Denver Foundation, Aspen Academy (an independent school), the Colorado Education Initiative, Visit Denver, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Bright Beginnings (Emeritus) and the Public Education and Business Coalition (Emeritus). He is also on the United States Committee of the International Council of Museums.
He loves his wife and all his children.