Craig Foltz

Laboratory Instructor




Campus Box 0405


Masters Hall
Room 216
300 North Washington St.
Gettysburg, PA 17325-1400


BA Dartmouth College, 1974
PhD The Ohio State University, 1979

Academic Focus

Extragalactic Astronomy, Astronomical Instrumentation, Science Policy

Craig Foltz is an Adjunct Lab Instructor in the Physics Department, having joined the staff in 2015 following retirement from a four-decade long career as a research astrophysicist and program manager at several university and federal research centers.  Most recently, he spent twelve years as a Program Director in the Division of Astronomical Sciences of the National Science Foundation where he also served as Division Director for several years.  In his role at NSF, Dr. Foltz oversaw the management and funding for a number of large, multi-user national astronomical observatories as well as several very large (>$300M), new-generation telescopes. The latter include the Daniel K. Inouye Solar Telescope and the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope both of which are currently under construction with full science operations to begin later this decade.  Dr. Foltz authored or co-authored several hundred scientific and technical publications.  His  areas of expertise include: quasars and active galaxies, the intergalactic medium, degenerate stars, astronomical instrumentation, and science policy.