Jon White – From the President’s Office: 3-25-2016

2016-07-22T14:50:29+00:00 March 25, 2016|

Jon White, Vice President of Ocean Leadership

I spent a few days in Savannah, Georgia this week as an invited speaker at the Consultative Group on Biological Diversity’s meeting, where I (again) stressed the importance of ocean science and technology in combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) fishing. Left unchecked IUU, or pirate fishing, is a national security risk as well as infringing on our nation’s efforts to rebuild fish stocks.  

While in Savannah, I had a chance to visit two Ocean Leadership member institutions– Savannah State University and Skidaway Institute of Oceanography.  Both have capitalized on their unique history and location in the coastal marshlands to become stalwarts in marine science education and ocean research.

Savannah State, with its diverse student and faculty population in marine and environmental science programs, is a tremendous example of how to provide opportunity for everyone to study and work in these important fields, regardless of background.  The program is a shining jewel at the university that has been a nationally renowned leader in diverse education excellence for well over a century.

Skidaway is an extraordinary research institution in all aspects.  Their groundbreaking programs in complex areas, such as molecular carbon isotope behavior in the ocean, are helping to determine the character and scope of ongoing ocean changes, from the Arctic to the Lowcountry.

I salute and thank the faculty, staff, researchers, and students at both institutions!  Not just for putting up with me for a few hours each, but for your leadership and dedication to critically important research and education programs.  I am extremely proud and humbled to be associated with a consortium that includes so many excellent members like these.

-Jon
Jonathan W. White, RADM, USN (ret.); M.S.
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership

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