Seacoast Science Center Welcomes Jim Chase as New President


The Seacoast Science Center is pleased to announce that Jim Chase has been named President as of April 17, 2017. Chase served as Vice President of the Seacoast Science Center for nearly 12 years, from 2001-2013.

An avid climber, Jim left the Center to take the position of Operations Director of The Access Fund in Boulder, Colorado, a national advocacy organization that keeps U.S. climbing areas open and conserves the climbing environment.

According to Board Chairman Richard Samdperil, “The Board enthusiastically welcomed back Jim Chase as the new president of the Seacoast Science Center. We feel extremely fortunate that someone with Jim’s qualifications, history with the Center, and understanding of our ocean education mission will be leading this organization. This is a very exciting time for the Seacoast Science Center.” 

“The insights I’ve gained while at a larger national nonprofit have given me a refreshed perspective on new possibilities for the Center,” said Chase. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the Center’s committed Board and talented staff and volunteers to as we write the next chapter for the Seacoast Science Center.

“Our focus has always been on connecting people to the ocean and coastal environment through hands-on education,” said Chase. “That goal won’t change, but we are increasing our emphasis on raising awareness about the ocean system at large; and about ocean health, its connections to other systems and to humans, and ways that we can help keep it healthy. We are renewing our effort to educate to motivate.”

“Now more than ever, we must help people understand how critically important it our ocean resources are and motive them to care for and about the sea,” said Chase.

The Seacoast Science Center has been providing educational experiences at Odiorne Point State Park in Rye on behalf of New Hampshire State Parks for 25 years.

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