LEXINGTON PARK, Md. – The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Association (PRNAMA) announces the choice for the new Executive Director. After weeks of careful consideration, Dr. Scott Gray was chosen to be the new leader of the beloved museum.
George Hill, President of the Board of Directors, has stated “It is a great pleasure to welcome Dr. Gray to the Museum. As our new Executive Director, he combines just the right mix of education, experience, and vision to allow us to both set and accomplish goals. Additionally, his experience with tourism will bring heightened emphasis to our role as the Visitor Center for St. Mary’s County and enable us to more effectively reach out to our community. I look forward to working with Dr. Gray to continue to improve our museum.”
Relocating from Los Angeles, California, Dr. Gray has an extensive background in managing non-profit organizations, making him more than qualified for the position. Dr. Gray received his doctorate in Education and Organizational Leadership from the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education & Psychology. Since then, he has worked leading struggling museums into prosperity and headlining several non-profit organizations.
Dr. Gray has shared that, “The museum has unique collections, a wonderful facility, an outstanding team, and solid leadership. It is a privilege to be here, and I hope that my experience will help Pax River achieve its full potential as one of the great aviation museums.”
This recent change in command has come at a time of great importance at the museum. Over the past few weeks, the exhibits team has worked tirelessly on the newly unveiled Women in Aviation display, which is now open to the public. And with many more projects on the horizon, like the restoration and installation of the mural saved from the now-demolished Naval Air Station Officer’s Club, the museum will be continuing its work to support our mission statement to preserve, educate, and inspire. The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum Association is confident that with Dr. Gray serving as the Executive Director, the museum will meet future goals and continue to grow as an organization.
About the Patuxent River Naval Air Museum: The Patuxent River Naval Air Museum (PRNAM) serves as the link between the U.S. Navy’s missions at the Naval Air Station Patuxent River (Pax River) and the community defined by those missions. The museum sits in an enviable location with an inspiring story perfectly suited to the technological preoccupations of our era. PRNAM is unique in terms of its collections and mission, which are focused on the research, development, test, and evaluation environment as well as experimental concepts that never made it to the Fleet. The museum also houses artifacts and simulators, films, and books spanning the history of Naval Aviation, as well as 26 one-of-a-kind aircraft. Current hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information, please visit the museum’s website at www.paxmuseum.com