City of Virginia Beach Director of Aquarium and Museums to Retire

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

​(Virginia Beach, VA) Executive Director of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and Director of the Virginia Beach History Museums Lynn Clements, announced her retirement today. Her last day with the City of Virginia Beach will be Aug. 31, 2017; she will leave a lasting legacy of success and learning.

Clements joined the City in 1985, when she was hired as a museum education specialist for the Virginia Marine Science Museum. She worked her way through the ranks and was appointed executive director in January 2002.

"Lynn has been instrumental in developing the Aquarium into a jewel of an asset not just for the city, but for the region and state," said City Manager Dave Hansen. "She is one of the most extraordinary fundraisers I've seen, and I think that speaks to the passion she has for the work she does."

As the executive director, Clements oversaw the operation of the Virginia Aquarium and four Virginia Beach history museums, increased Board of Director involvement and created a young professionals group supporting the Board. She opened the National Geographic 3D Theater, secured an endowment that funds staff and intern fellowships, and led two multi-million dollar capital campaigns.

"It's been an honor for me to be trusted to run the Virginia Aquarium, which has been my home for 32 years" said Clements. "I got to work with some of the most talented staff, volunteers, board members and colleagues anyone could want and together, we developed programming, new exhibits, and important legislative support that will provide a strong base for a new leader."

Hansen will name an interim department director within the next few days and plans a national search for her replacement.

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