SEA Currents: News
August 01, 2016
Passing the gavel
Dr. Richard Cost succeeds Dr. Susan Humphris as Chair of the SEA Board of Trustees
After five years as Board Chair of Sea Education Association, Dr. Susan Humphris passed the gavel to Dr. Richard Cost at the SEA Annual Meeting, held Monday, June 13th at the SEA campus in Woods Hole.
Dr. Humphris, a Senior Scientist at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, was elected Chair in 2011, having served as an overseer since 1999 and as a trustee since 2003. She is also a former Dean (1986-1992) and was a scientist at SEA from 1979-1986.
During a period of significant growth, Dr. Humphris oversaw many organizational changes, including the selection of its first alumna president, Peg Brandon.
During Humphris’ tenure, SEA introduced “New Directions,” a campaign to support an extension of the organization’s global expansion. New cruise tracks were established in the South Pacific, New Zealand, and North Atlantic, with programs that included Marine Biodiversity and Conservation, Sustainability in Polynesian Island Cultures and Ecosystems, and The Global Ocean, a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding ocean health and ecology in both oceans. In addition, new summer programs were inaugurated and transatlantic voyages resumed after a hiatus of nearly 25 years.
Dr. Cost, an SEA Trustee since 2015, served as President of the University of Maine at Fort Kent from 2002 to 2010. In 2012, he was awarded the title of President Emeritus by the University of Maine System Trustees in recognition of his contributions. During his tenure, UMFK was designated a Best Northeast College by the Princeton Review for six consecutive years.
Prior to his service at University of Maine, Dr. Cost was Vice President, Institutional Advancement at Bridgewater State University where he raised a $10 million endowment. From 1989 to 1994, Dr. Cost led a successful $24 million campaign at Moravian College. He is also a trustee of the Davis Educational Foundation, which is dedicated to improving teaching and learning and to reducing the cost of higher education in New England.
A retired Captain is the US Navy Reserve, Dr. Cost began his naval service as a surface warfare officer aboard the USS Zellers (DD777), and ended as Commanding Officer, US Naval Activities, United Kingdom, reserve component. Dr. Cost is a graduate of Syracuse University (BA Philosophy), Old Dominion University (MBA), and Rutgers University (EdD).
Dr. Cost and his wife, Ellen, a career educator, live in Middleboro, MA. They have three children and six grandchildren.
After accepting the gavel from Dr. Humphris, Dr. Cost said: “I am enthusiastic about working with the trustees and leadership at SEA and moving forward with a capital campaign that will provide a solid foundation for the future of this outstanding organization.”