Patriot’s Point Naval Maritime Museum near Charleston may be looking for financial help, but now they will also be looking for a new executive director. Current director, Dick Trammell, says he will step down from his position on December 31. Here’s why:
When the new governor is elected, the governor will have three appointees to our board. And, at that point in time we will have nine board members instead of the traditional six that we have had for years. Quite frankly, six of the nine will be brand new appointees, and as I told Chairman Haggerty, I feel the board that comes in should have the opportunity to choose the executive director that they want, and I think the timing is right.
By timing, he means:
If the board adopts a new master plan and begins work on that, they need an executive director that, in my opinion, is willing to make a long term commitment of ten years or so. I don’t pretend to be a whole lot younger than I am, and I’m 64. I doubt that I will be around here when I’m 74.
Trammell says there’s nobody he has in mind to fill his spot, but he will help where needed.
No, I have not. I have offered the new board to do the executive search. The new board needs to be able to look very objectively at everyone that might apply for the position, and then choose the best person for Patriot’s Point.
Patriot’s Point is home of the U.S.S. Yorktown and several other warships. Trammell says the history goes beyond the people who work at the museum. He says the next executive director needs to take the museum to the next level, honoring heroes at the same time.