Robert Rocha assumes presidency of National Marine Educators Association

New Bedford, Mass. – Robert Rocha, New Bedford Whaling Museum Director of K-12 and Science Programs, recently took the helm as President of the National Marine Educators Association during their 40th Annual Meeting, which was held on July 1, 2015 in Newport, Rhode Island.

NMEA is a volunteer professional organization of formal and informal educators, researchers, writers, advocates and marine education enthusiasts, based in the U.S. and internationally. Dedicated to advancing the understanding and protection of freshwater and marine ecosystems, their core mission is “to make known the world of water, both fresh and salt.” NMEA officers are elected by the membership to their posts for a term of one year.

A member of NMEA since 1996 and a Board member since 2012, Bob has conducted numerous workshops at NMEA’s annual meetings, and served as Annual Conference Chair for the 2011 meeting in Boston. He also served as President of the Massachusetts Marine Educators from 2009-2011, and serves as their Executive Director; MME is a regional chapter of NMEA. Bob holds an MS in Environmental Education, and a BS in Biology.

Bob stated, “I am proud to take on this significant role for NMEA and am appreciative of this vote of confidence from my colleagues. Being a member of this organization for nearly 20 years has introduced me to an incredible network of talented national and international colleagues, and has provided me with numerous excellent learning opportunities and access to resources from a variety of facilities. I look forward to continuing the work my predecessors and I started recently, including guiding the implementation of our newly adopted strategic plan.”


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