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Posted by Tara Henson on 10/14/2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                              October 14, 2013



Tara Henson                 (405) 425-0219, (405) 919-9038, cell, or [email protected]

Candice Rennels           (405) 425-0298 (405) 412-6172, cell, or [email protected]



     The Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden is saying goodbye to Executive Director/CEO Dwight Scott. Effective December 2013, Scott will become Director of the San Diego Zoo. Mr. Scott will remain at the Oklahoma City Zoo through mid-November.

     Zoo Executive Director since 2008, Mr. Scott has been instrumental in many significant projects and accomplishments. Achievements include the elephant habitat opening, first elephant birth in Zoo history, record attendance numbers, Stingray Bay opening, conservation initiative growth, appreciation of Zoo history through the Patricia and Byron J. Gambulos ZooZeum opening, successful accreditation in 2013 and the future Joan Kirkpatrick Animal Hospital opening 2014 through partnership with the Oklahoma Zoological Society.

     “The Trust is grateful to Dwight for his excellent leadership and team emphasis,” said Alice Pippin, Trust Chair. “His appreciation of staff and commitment to developing community partnerships has had a tremendously positive impact on the organization and the entire community. We wish him the best in his future endeavors at the equally well-respected and globally recognized San Diego Zoo.”

       An interim director will be named at the November Trust meeting. The selection process is underway for an executive director/CEO search committee chaired by Mrs. Pippin. The committee will be comprised of Zoo trustees, former Zoo trustees, Zoo staff and Oklahoma Zoological Society ZooFriends' volunteers and community partners.

     "It's important that our stakeholders have some involvement in this search," said Mrs. Pippin. "In the meantime, the Trust and I know that the Zoo's excellent leadership team and staff will continue moving forward with the Zoo's strategic plans."

      There is no formal timeline for this process but Mrs. Pippin and the Trustees intend to move as quickly and efficiently as possible.


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