COL Staff Directory
|Position/Title||CEO and President|
Jon White was appointed as president and CEO in January 2016, and as President, he supervises and controls all of the business and affairs of the organization.
Jon's passion for the ocean and science began at a very early age as he grew up near Florida's Gulf coast. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Oceanographic Technology from the Florida Institute of Technology, and a Master's degree in Meteorology and Oceanography from the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School. Prior to COL he had a distinguished 32-year career in the U.S. Navy and retired at the rank of Rear Admiral. He commanded the Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Facility in Pensacola, FL, and was the 50th Superintendent of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Jon has had numerous assignments at sea and ashore as a Naval Meteorology and Oceanography specialist, culminating in his assignment as Oceanographer and Navigator of the Navy from 2012 to 2015. This position included his appointment as the Navy Deputy to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).