Schoodic Institute Announces Transition and Search for New President
Winter Harbor – Schoodic Institute announces that President and CEO Mark Berry will be stepping down as of August 15 to accept a new professional opportunity, and Schoodic Institute is launching a search for its next
President. Berry will be joining The Nature Conservancy as Forest Program Director, leading forest
conservation initiatives in Maine.
“It has been an honor, a pleasure, and a great learning experience to serve Schoodic Institute as President and CEO since 2014,” said Berry. “This is a fantastic organization with an important mission and a tremendous opportunity for further growth and success in the years ahead. I have enjoyed working with the outstanding staff and Board and getting to know our many supporters.”
“Schoodic Institute has been fortunate to have such an able leader during this period,” said Board Chairman Alan Goldstein. “The Institute is doing world class science. It is providing exceptional hands on science learning opportunities to over 750 students and reaching thousands more through our professional development activities for high school science teachers. It is engaged in thoughtful conservation activities within Acadia National Park and beyond. And it is sound financially. Mark has propelled the Institute forward and laid the groundwork for very exciting work into the future.” Kevin Schneider, Superintendent at Acadia National Park, said, “Schoodic Institute is a critical partner of Acadia National Park in helping significantly expand our educational reach and scientific understanding of this special place. We are grateful to Mark Berry for his outstanding leadership of the Institute,
making it stronger than ever before.”
Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park is a non‐profit organization with a mission to advance ecosystem science and learning for all ages through a unique partnership with Acadia National Park. From its campus within Acadia National Park, the Institute engages scientists, educators, students, and the public in research and learning. Schoodic Institute’s programs are focused on understanding environmental change, building appreciation for science, and supporting conservation and stewardship. Created after the Navy departed Winter Harbor in 2002, returning its base to Acadia National Park management, the Institute has grown to a staff of 24 year‐round positions and 30 or more seasonal employees. In addition to developing and leading research and education partnerships, the Institute hosts education programs, meetings, and retreats on its Acadia National Park campus, the Schoodic
Education and Research Center. The Institute also collaborates closely with many local, regional, and national partners.
Schoodic Institute has formed a search committee chaired by Dr. Kathleen Nauss to identify the next President and CEO. A range of backgrounds will be considered for the President/CEO who should possess a strong understanding of and commitment to science, education, and conservation and a demonstrated record of organizational leadership and success. An ideal candidate would be a talented, strategic leader with the vision to build an internationally recognized institution with a strong scientific and educational mission, successful at raising funds, skillful in establishing close working relationships, and an articulate spokesperson with proven written and oral communication skills. The full announcement and description of the President & CEO position will be available soon at www.schoodicinstitute.org.