Schoodic Institute names interim CEO



WINTER HARBOR — Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park has announced the appointment of Nicholas Fisichelli as interim president and CEO.

Fisichelli is currently director of science and education at Schoodic Institute. In his new role, he will provide leadership in all phases of the institute’s work while continuing forest ecology research examining natural resource dynamics in a continuously changing world.

“Nick Fisichelli has consistently demonstrated leadership and vision, while making significant advancements in science and education at Acadia and other national parks around the nation. We look forward to working with him in his expanded role as interim CEO,” said Kevin Schneider, Acadia National Park superintendent.

David Ellwood, chairman of the Schoodic Institute Board of Directors, described Fisichelli as “an exceptional scientist and a committed educator with a passion for hands-on, citizen science learning strategies.”

Fisichelli was a Fulbright Fellow in Germany and earned his Ph.D. in forest ecology from the University of Minnesota in 2012. He previously worked at Shenandoah National Park and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

“I am honored to take on this interim role and continue our work at Schoodic to understand environmental change and engage people in science and solutions,” he said.

Fisichelli takes over for Don Kent who recently stepped down as president and CEO. Ellwood praised Kent for his deep commitment to environmental science and education and his leadership at the institute.

Schoodic Institute at Acadia National Park supports scientific research of importance to the national parks, provides professional development for teachers and helps train a new generation of conservation stewards.

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