The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) has announced that Maylon White has been chosen as director for the North Carolina Aquariums Division. White will take over the role on March 4 and follows the departure of David Griffin, who retired in January after leading the division for 16 years.
“Maylon White brings a wealth of experience, creativity, and strong leadership skills to his new role,” said DNCR Secretary Susi Hamilton. “I’m confident he will lead our three aquariums and Jennette’s Pier to even greater successes in education, conservation, and animal care.”
White brings more than 30 years’ experience in aquariums to the position, having served as director of the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island for the last nine years. During that time, he oversaw significant growth and development at the aquarium, including leading the team effort to create the Sea Turtle Assistance and Rehabilitation (STAR) Center and the adjacent interactive Operation Sea Turtle Rescue, which won Exhibit Top Honors in 2015 by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA). In 2016, he oversaw a major renovation to the aquarium that introduced new experiences and exhibits including a jellyfish gallery, a first for the aquarium. Prior to his tenure at the N.C. Aquarium on Roanoke Island, he spent 26 years with the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center in Virginia Beach as Director of Exhibits and Husbandry and other positions. He earned a Master of Science in Biological Oceanography from Old Dominion University.
In his new role, White will oversee the entire North Carolina Aquarium Division made up of aquariums in Fort Fisher, Pine Knoll Shores and Roanoke Island, as well as Jennette’s Pier in Nags Head. He will also work closely with the board and staff of the North Carolina Aquarium Society, the nonprofit organization that manages fundraising and development for all four facilities and their conservation initiatives.