Executive Director’s Desk

AHOY! Mis­sis­sip­pi Mar­itime

I write you as the Mis­sis­sip­pi Mar­itime Museum’s exec­u­tive direc­tor. I am hon­ored and hum­bled to be at the helm of this fan­tas­tic Mis­sis­sip­pi mar­itime orga­ni­za­tion. The Mis­sis­sip­pi gulf coast and Pascagoula are cen­tered in ship­build­ing and rich mar­itime his­to­ry. I am com­mit­ted to inspire peo­ple of all ages and back­grounds to under­stand and appre­ci­ate Mississippi’s gulf coast and mar­itime her­itage, ship­build­ing and our sea con­nec­tion. Please con­sid­er the oppor­tu­ni­ty to invest in our mis­sion to pre­serve the mar­itime his­to­ry and engage the mar­itime future of our Mis­sis­sip­pi sea­far­ing and ship­build­ing her­itage. My mar­itime muse­um edu­ca­tion and oper­a­tional pro­fes­sion­al expe­ri­ence includes sig­nif­i­cant tenure with Mys­tic Sea­port and Mar­itime Muse­um, Mashan­tuck­et Indi­an Muse­um and Research Cen­ter and Gulf Quest Mar­itime Muse­um. I was delight­ed to gain invalu­able muse­um expe­ri­ence with­in muse­um oper­a­tions, research and archives projects, vis­i­tor ser­vice, grant inclu­sions, facil­i­ty and exhib­it plan­ning and inception.

Also, I enjoyed tenure as col­lege pres­i­dent for a peri­od of 20 years focused on stan­dards of excel­lence with­in stu­dent, edu­ca­tion­al suc­cess, ROI for investors, hedge fund liai­son, com­mu­ni­ty out­reach, finance, cre­at­ing and imple­ment­ing
edu­ca­tion­al pro­gram­ming and insti­tu­tion­al effec­tive­ness with­in strat­e­gy plan­ning and achieve­ments. My suc­cess­ful mar­itime and edu­ca­tion­al oper­a­tional expe­ri­ence allows me to part­ner with our com­mu­ni­ties and pub­lic devel­op­ing and imple­ment­ing edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams, exhi­bi­tions, col­lec­tions, edu­ca­tion­al activ­i­ties, fund rais­ing ini­tia­tives and most impor­tant­ly, part­ner­ing with our local com­mu­ni­ties safe­guard­ing the museum’s strate­gic direc­tion to ful­fill our mar­itime mis­sion and increase local, statewide, nation­al and inter­na­tion­al aware­ness and prominence.

Yours in maritime,

Lor­ren West
Exec­u­tive Direc­tor
Mis­sis­sip­pi Mar­itime Museum

Your return on invest­ment ensures pre­serv­ing and explor­ing the deep south’s mar­itime his­to­ry, envi­ron­ment, and cul­ture of the entire Mis­sis­sip­pi mar­itime region, and mak­ing these resources avail­able to all. Our Mis­sis­sip­pi Mar­itime Muse­um and Activ­i­ty Cen­ter in Pascagoula, Mis­sis­sip­pi will be broad­ly rec­og­nized for pro­vid­ing an engag­ing mar­itime guest expe­ri­ence, for cre­at­ing trans­for­ma­tive edu­ca­tion­al pro­gram­ming, and as a vital com­mu­ni­ty part­ner ensur­ing phil­an­thropic efforts are enjoyed by all.