By Alexa Orndoff, Director of Marketing & Communications
The Jekyll Island Authority recently welcomed Michael Scott as its new director of historic resources, charged with ensuring the island’s robust history is both preserved and celebrated, as well as increasing activation of its newest facility, Mosaic, as the museum turns the corner on its second year.
“Having first visited Jekyll Island in 2013, for a 10-day leadership program, I remember thinking how this was a place I saw myself working at in the future. I also loved visiting the beach as a kid, so it’s always been a dream of mine to return to the coast in some special way,” said Scott.
Growing up in Western Pennsylvania with a deep appreciation for natural spaces and history, Scott realized the importance of having those remain a present part of one’s understanding and impact on the world. Though originally planning to become a high school history teacher to share his appreciation with others, Scott discovered that a museum career would open more doors through the same type of educational programming, without the standardized testing and hall passes.
Scott attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington while working alongside many organizations including the North Carolina Historic Sites, National Park Service and the Cape Fear Museum. Following the completion of his degree, he found himself overseeing educational interpretation, programming and later curation, for multiple North Carolina museums and historical sites including the Reed Gold Mine, the North Carolina Museum of History and the High Point Museum. He most recently served as the historic site manager for the South Carolina Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site.
Scott also holds a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from Louisiana State University in Shreveport and has previously served on the board of the North Carolina Museums Council as a professional development chair. Scott currently serves on the board for the Southeastern Museums Conference.
“I’m very excited about my return to Jekyll. To be able to walk along Riverview Drive and experience the historic cottages on one side and the Jekyll River on the other; it feels so familiar, like that of the wild and historic places I was raised. I look forward to offering my expertise and assistance in continuing our stewardship of this remarkable place for our future generations,” said Scott.
In partnership with the Jekyll Island Foundation’s funding initiatives, Scott will focus on creating meaningful educational experiences for the public at the new Mosaic, Jekyll Island Museum, and inspiring them to discover the unique combination of history and habitats across the island.