Port Townsend Marine Science Centre changes leadership

PORT TOWNSEND — The board of administrators of the Port Townsend Maritime Science Heart has promoted Diane Quinn, application director of 6 several years, to the situation of government director following Bee Redfield resigned.

“We are extremely thrilled about all the great capabilities and working experience that Diane delivers to the position,” stated Diane Baxter, board president of Port Townsend Marine Science Centre (PTMSC).

“We are unhappy to see Bee transfer on and we are grateful to her for her several contributions to the PTSMC’s good results,” Baxter included.

Quinn approved the supply on Monday. Baxter carries on to get the job done with the middle on agreement for distinctive jobs, these as he articulation of a skeleton of a grey whale, claimed Liesl Slabaugh, spokesperson.

“We have a easy changeover as she trains Diane Quinn,” Slabaugh stated.

Quinn experienced labored for more than two decades at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum, ending as the director of education, and joined the PTMSC staff in 2017. The Burke collaborated with the PTMSC on an exhibit in 1998 which was how Quinn 1st learned of the nonprofit.

Claimed Quinn: “I worked intently with Libby Palmer, Judy D’Amore and Anne Murphy, the founders and founding executive director, and I turned confident that the organization has a exceptional position in the community community, that community maritime science centers have a crucial function in the broader group of follow, and that change for the much better comes about in communities and in the globe as a result of sustained energy and dedication.”

Baxter explained the board diligently analyzed the needs of the organization as it prepares to plan for the renovation of the Flagship Landing constructing and for relocating its aquarium off of the pier at Fort Worden Condition Park which is slated for demolition in the subsequent several a long time. She explained the board enthusiastically and unanimously supported the use of Quinn.

“Besides her monitor history of thriving regional collaborations, and her pre-present interactions with quite a few neighborhood leaders, Diane has developed a deep mutual have faith in among herself and the PTMSC workers,” Baxter mentioned.

“Her detailed awareness of the corporation, in particular in terms of method and functions, as very well as her practical experience with creative system design and style and transformation, helps make her an excellent fit for the best management position at this time in PTMSC’s journey.”

Redfield was appointed executive director in March 2022 immediately after a national lookup. She holds two master’s levels, a person in conservation biology and one particular in human sources, and is ending her doctorate in quantitative ecology at Purdue College.

In February, as negotiated for the duration of her hire, Redfield assumed a additional limited part for three months though she well prepared for her remaining actions in her Ph.D. application. In April, Redfield notified the board that she was stepping down from the placement for personalized factors.

“I am fully focused to supporting PTMSC through this transition and over and above. I like PTMSC, the team, and the Port Townsend community, and I am so grateful for the time that I expended with you all,” she explained.

“I’m thrilled to see Diane Quinn stepping into this function, as she provides a prosperity of information and a enthusiasm for maritime training that will serve PTMSC very well as we go into the potential.”

Baxter claimed Redfield’s most important legacy is “what we imagine will turn out to be an legendary landmark in Port Townsend: a gray whale skeleton on Union Wharf which is scheduled to be put in this summer time.

“She also expanded the Long term of Oceans lecture series, oversaw new programming at the Flagship Landing creating downtown, and strengthened the inner devices of the corporation.”

For the most recent details about the Port Townsend Marine Science Center, take a look at www.ptmsc.org.