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Former NGA Director Robert Cardillo Named Chair of Taylor Geospatial Institute Governing Council

ST. LOUIS — On May 23, Mr. Robert Cardillo, who served as director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency from 2014 to 2019, was named the Chair of the Taylor Geospatial Institute Governing Council. Mr. Cardillo is succeeding Ken Olliff, former Vice President for Research and Partnerships at Saint Louis University. At its most recent meeting in May, the TGI Governing Council thanked Mr. Olliff for his dedicated service not only to TGI but to the entire geospatial ecosystem in the St. Louis region.

Mr. Cardillo is an Independent Director on the Board of IonQ (NYSE), the Chairman of the Board of Planet Federal, and an Independent Director on the Board of SynthetAIc. His non-profit service includes serving on the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation Board of Directors (Chairman), the National Intelligence University Board of Visitors, and the International Spy Museum Board of Directors.

“It has been an honor to work alongside Robert, who has served as a trusted advisor to TGI since its inception, and I am thrilled that he will now be playing a formal role in guiding our mission and shaping our ambitions,” said TGI Executive Director Nadine Alameh, Ph.D. “Robert will bring his longstanding passion for collaborative research and bridging the gaps between academia, industry, and government to the TGI Governing Council, and this approach will fuel our recently launched 2025 initiatives and our long-term success.”

“I am both proud and humbled to Chair the TGI Governing Council. In more than four decades working in this profession, I have had the privilege to participate in the amazing growth of the geospatial sciences,” Mr. Cardillo said. “TGI is an essential effort at a critical time as commercial applications evolve to address global challenges. I look forward to working with my Governing Council colleagues and the TGI community as we coordinate our efforts to have the greatest positive impact.”

Mr. Cardillo, who made the decision to site the NGA’s new, $1.75 billion campus in the City of St. Louis as Director of the agency in 2016, will join senior administrators from each of TGI’s eight partner institutions on the Governing Council, which provides advice to and serves in an oversight capacity for theTGI Executive Director.

About Taylor Geospatial Institute 

TGI is passionate about fueling geospatial science and technology to create the next generation of solutions and policies that the whole world will depend on for sustainability and growth.

The TGI consortium includes Saint Louis University, the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, Harris-Stowe State University, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Missouri University of Science & Technology, University of Missouri-Columbia, University of Missouri-St. Louis, and Washington University in St. Louis. Collectively, these institutions cover geospatial research from ocean depths to outer space.

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