This afternoon at the U.S. Naval Observatory there will be a small ceremony commemorating the “White Seamount.” The men and women of Naval Oceanography were successful in their (unbeknownst to me) effort to officially name a seamount after me. It is located in the eastern Pacific Ocean (47º 12´ 49.76″ North, 136º 24´ 34.26″ West) should anyone want to visit or explore. Though I don’t know the minimum depth yet, I imagine you’ll need a pretty hefty submersible. I am deeply honored by this memorial action, though like all volcanic mountains its existence is the result of numerous, unpredictable, cataclysmic events building a huge supporting base along the way. That is certainly true in my case – it took a lot of selfless and dedicated people to get me to this career peak.
From one pinnacle to another – I remain deeply humbled and sobered by the leadership opportunity I now have at Ocean Leadership. The terrific staff here in DC is only the mountaintop representing the tremendous base of incredible supporters and contributors in the ocean science community around the globe. Many of them are working hard and striving to better understand and characterize our ocean, and I salute them for that.
No time to rest at the summit – next week is one of our busiest of the year as we have the (at capacity!) Public Policy Form on Wednesday the 9th, Member and Board Meeting on the 10th, and Ocean Leadership Congressional visits on the 11th. See you at the Forum.
Jonathan W. White, RADM, USN (ret.); M.S.
President and CEO
Consortium for Ocean Leadership