Aquarium launches search committee to find new executive director

May 25, 2010|By Baltimore Sun staff

The National Aquarium has formed a search committee to find a replacement for David Pittenger, the program's executive director.

Aquarium board member Donald S. Pettit will chair the search committee. A new executive is expected to take the helm by spring 2011, but no transition specifics have been released yet.

Pittenger has been with the aquarium for 25 years, serving the last 15 years as executive director. During his time there, the program has created two new structures — the Marine Mammal Pavilion in 1991 and Animal Planet Australia: Wild Extremes in 2006 — has acquired and cleaned up a brown field at the Middle Branch and has expanded its affiliation with the original National Aquarium in Washington.

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