Cynthia Whitbred-Spanoulis Named Interim Director for Department of Aquarium and Museums

Monday, September 11, 2017

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — September 11, 2017 — City Manager Dave Hansen announced today that he has named Cynthia Whitbred-Spanoulis interim director of the Department of Aquarium and Museums. The vacancy was created when Director Lynn Clements retired at the end of August. 

Whitbred-Spanoulis has been with the City of Virginia Beach since 1996 and has served as deputy director of the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center and City of Virginia Beach History Museums since 2012. Before moving over to the Aquarium, Whitbred-Spanoulis was the strategy and performance coordinator for the City of Virginia Beach's Department of Economic Development. In that role, she was responsible for the coordination, marketing, media advertising, public relations, budgeting, and special projects within the department. 

Whitbred-Spanoulis graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Urban Affairs and Planning. She also holds a Master of Public Administration from Virginia Tech and is a graduate of the Real Estate and Retail Development School from the University of Pennsylvania. Certified in negotiations by Harvard University, she also holds the designation of Accreditation in Public Relations. 

In 2004, Whitbred-Spanoulis was the recipient of the City of Virginia Beach Employee of the Year, and in 2007, was recognized by Inside Business as a "Top 40 Under 40" recipient. In 2012, the Virginia Beach Rotary recognized her as the City of Virginia Beach Outstanding City Employee of the Year. 

The City will conduct a national search for a permanent director.

Image:  Spanoulis

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