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Jack Higgins to serve as Vice President/Chief Operating and Financial Officer

Following an exceptional year that included record attendance and the retirement of its debt, the South Carolina Aquarium is announcing a realignment of its leadership to enable continued growth and build the Aquarium of the future. The South Carolina Aquarium will promote Jack Higgins, the Aquarium’s Chief Financial Officer, to Vice President/Chief Operating and Financial Officer allowing Kevin Mills, the Aquarium’s President and CEO to have a greater focus on external relations, marketing, board affairs and management of the organizations strategic growth.

“Jack’s appointment reflects his great expertise in managing our operations and resources, ” said Kevin Mills, Aquarium President and CEO. “In this new role he will be charged with executing the organization’s strategic plan as well as managing and directing day-to-day operations.”

Jack Higgins joined the Aquarium staff as Director of Finance and Administration in September 1997. He came to the Aquarium upon retiring from the U.S. Navy after serving 20 years. Jack was the last Commanding Officer of the Charleston Naval Base’s Fleet and Industrial Supply Center. He has an extensive background in finance and logistics. During the past 13 years with the Aquarium, Jack has held several leadership roles and is the only remaining original Director.

Jack holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a M.S. in Financial Management from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, C.A.

Celebrating the Aquarium’s 10th Anniversary, 2010 has proven to be a successful year for the Aquarium. With the retirement of the founding debt the organization has since welcomed a new albino alligator experience, one of only 50 in the world, provided extensive building refurbishments and will open the State’s only 4-D Theater prior to the summer tourism season.

About the South Carolina Aquarium: 

The South Carolina Aquarium, Charleston’s most visited attraction, features thousands of amazing aquatic animals from river otters and sharks to loggerhead turtles in more than 50 exhibits representing the rich biodiversity of South Carolina from the mountains to the sea. Dedicated to promoting education and conservation, the Aquarium also presents fabulous views of Charleston harbor and interactive exhibits and programs for visitors of all ages.
The South Carolina Aquarium, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is open Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Aquarium is closed Thanksgiving Day, half day Dec. 24 (open 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.) and Dec. 25. Admission prices are: Children 1 and under (free); Youth 2-11 ($10.95); Adults ($17.95); Seniors 62+ ($16.95). Military, senior, college and group discounts are available. For more information call 843-720-1990 or visit www.scaquarium.org. Memberships are available by calling 843-577-FISH.
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