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Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Clint Taylor Named Director of N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores

Aug 15, 2023

The North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) announced today that Clint Taylor has been named the next director of the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. An aquarium employee for more than 18 years, Taylor currently serves as assistant aquarium director at Fort Fisher.

“We are pleased to announce Clint Taylor as the director of the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores,” said Jeff Michael, deputy secretary for natural resources for DNCR. “Clint’s years of dedication to North Carolina Aquariums and vision for its future will benefit employees and visitors alike.”

“Growing up in eastern North Carolina, I fell in love with the state’s coast at an early age,” said Taylor. “I’m looking forward to returning to Pine Knoll Shores and am excited about this opportunity.”

Prior to his work at Fort Fisher, Taylor worked for many years at Pine Knoll Shores, including 10 years as Museum Curator Supervisor overseeing the daily operations of the Aquarium’s husbandry department. He began his career as an intern at the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium in 1998. Taylor holds a bachelor’s degree in marine biology from UNC Wilmington.

Taylor replaces Liz Baird, who left this spring to become Executive Director of the N.C. Aquarium Society. He will begin on Sept. 1.

About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) manages, promotes, and enhances the things that people love about North Carolina – its diverse arts and culture, rich history, and spectacular natural areas. Through its programs, the department enhances education, stimulates economic development, improves public health, expands accessibility, and strengthens community resiliency.

The department manages over 100 locations across the state, including 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, five science museums, four aquariums, 35 state parks, four recreation areas, dozens of state trails and natural areas, the North Carolina Zoo, the North Carolina Symphony, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, the African American Heritage Commission, the American Indian Heritage Commission, the State Historic Preservation Office, the Office of State Archaeology, the Highway Historical Markers program, the N.C. Land and Water Fund, and the Natural Heritage Program. For more information, please visit

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