NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher Names New Director

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NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher New Director Peggy Sloan

NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher Names New Director

Feb 1, 2011

Media Contacts: David Griffin, Aquariums Division Director, 919.877.5500

Amy Kilgore, Public Relations Coordinator 

Peggy Sloan New Director at North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher

The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher welcomed its new director on Feb. 1, but didn’t go far to find her.

Peggy Sloan has been the Aquarium’s education curator since 2001 where she focused on expanding school and public programs and increasing community involvement.

Sloan has more than 20 years experience in management, education and operations in aquarium and zoo settings. She serves on numerous boards and committees including the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ National Conservation Education Committee. Sloan has solicited more than $630,000 in grants and awards for the N.C. Aquarium Society for programs such as Coastal Champions, a joint partnership with the Aquarium and Time Warner Cable through Connect A Million Minds to give students hands-on experience learning science, engineering, math and technology skills relevant to Aquarium operations.

Sloan has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Stockton State College in New Jersey and a master’s degree in Marine Biology from University of North Carolina- Wilmington.

“I am excited to be in a position where I can support, promote and contribute to the efforts of our incredibly talented Fort Fisher staff and volunteers,” Sloan said. “Together we will focus on the Aquarium’s commitment to conservation education and serving our community.”

Sloan assumes the leadership position formerly held by Donna Moffitt, who retired from the state in December 2010 after 30 years of service.

“Peggy Sloan has considerable experience in budget, program planning and design, and personnel management that set her apart from other applicants,” said David Griffin, N.C. Aquariums division director. “Peggy has shown solid leadership as aquarium education curator, and will now bring that leadership to her role of aquarium director. We are excited to have Peggy step-up and take on the duties of the director.”

The Aquariums Division, as part of the N.C. Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources, operates facilities at Pine Knoll Shores, Fort Fisher and Roanoke Island. The three facilities work together to promote appreciation and conservation of the state’s aquatic environments.

The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located just south of Kure Beach, near the mouth of the Cape Fear River, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9:00 am to 5:00 pm daily (closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s days). Admission: $8 Ages 13-61, $7 Ages 62 and up, $6 Ages 3-12, Free for children 2 and under, N.C. Aquarium Society members and pre-registered North Carolina school groups. General information:

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