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Schoodic Institute Announces Interim President and CEO

Winter Harbor – Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is pleased to announce the appointment of David Manski as acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) beginning mid-October, 2017. Manski was former Chief of Natural Resources and Cultural Heritage at Acadia National Park for the final 20 years of a 35-year National Park Service career. During his tenure at Acadia, he was instrumental in helping to establish Schoodic Institute as a National Park Service Research and Learning Center. The search continues for a permanent President and CEO, and Manski will contribute significantly to this process.

Manski is an expert in conservation and natural resource management. He received the U.S. Department of the Interior Meritorious Service Award and the NPS Director’s Award for Natural Resource Management. David has worked extensively on international conservation issues, both during his career and following retirement in 2014. These technical assistance and consulting assignments have taken him to Oman (where in 2017, he served as a Nature Reserve Expert with their Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs), Tanzania, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Bangladesh, China, Mozambique, and Timor-Leste. In 2013-2014, Manski was a Fulbright-Nehru Environmental Leadership Program Scholar looking at Protected Area management in India. In addition, he hosted/organized conservation study tours and
meetings in the US and abroad for environmental professionals from the Middle East, in affiliation with the Quebec Labrador Foundation.

“We are thrilled to have David Manski aboard. Schoodic Institute staff and public partners will benefit greatly from his knowledge, experience and expertise,” said Board Chairman Alan Goldstein. “He will contribute to the continued growth of the Institute during this transition.” David has undergraduate and graduate degrees in wildlife ecology from the University of Arizona and Texas A&M University. He is a certified wildlife biologist, a research associate at College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine, and a Commission Member of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas. He resides in Bar Harbor, Maine.

To learn more about the leadership opportunity at Schoodic Institute, please visit www.SchoodicInstitute.org .

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