Terry Maple Retires from Presidency of Palm Beach ZooOct 27, 2011
Speaking at a celebration of his 65th birthday during the AZA Annual Conference in Atlanta on September 13th, Dr. Terry Maple revealed to an audience of colleagues and friends in the zoo profession that he will retire from his position at the Palm Beach Zoo to return to academia. Dr. Maple will step down as President/CEO of the zoo on September 30th. He will spend the next three months in a fund-raising role focused on the task of raising the next $2M for the planned Tiger Valley Breeding and Conservation Center.
In his return to the classroom in January 2012, Dr. Maple will teach and mentor both undergraduate and graduate students at Florida Atlantic University’s Wilkes Honors College in Jupiter, as well as FAU’s Boca Raton campus. He supervised 27 doctoral students at Emory University and Georgia Tech during a thirty year academic career in Atlanta. Dr. Maple’s first priority at FAU is the completion of his thirteenth book, Zoo Animal Welfare, scheduled for publication in 2012.
In his remarks, Dr. Maple said, “I have had the extraordinary experience of working as a scholar and a non-profit leader, and I am very grateful for the opportunity to lead the Palm Beach Zoo during a dynamic phase in its history. The opening of the LEED-certified Melvin J. and Claire Levine Animal Care Complex is the highlight of my zoo career, and I will long remember the generous deeds of Mel and Claire Levine and the entire Palm Beach community on behalf of this wonderful zoo. I appreciate the hard work and dedication of all zoo employees and volunteers who have contributed so much to our growing reputation for excellence.”
Speaking on behalf of the board of directors of the Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches, Dr. Daniel Comerford III said, “During his six year tenure at the Palm Beach Zoo, Dr. Maple has elevated the reputation of the zoo both locally and nationally. The talented professionals he recruited to the Palm Beach Zoo will extend the legacy of his vision. Under his leadership the Palm Beach Zoo has funded and sponsored conservation medicine projects in North and South America, Africa and Asia. He has truly proven that a zoo of modest size can accomplish big things.”
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