Chad Truxall is the Executive Director of the Marine Discovery Center. Chad has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with a specialization in Aquatic Sciences from the University of Florida and has more than 20 years of experience as a biologist, educator and non-profit manager.
He recently was awarded with the 2018 Outstanding New Leader Award from the Association of Nature Center Administrators (ANCA), an international network of nature and environmental learning centers. He believes that in the future, nature centers will play a critical role in nature-based community engagement. Chad serves on the steering committee for the Florida region of ANCA. He is a Florida Master Naturalist Program(FMNP) lead instructor and serves on several boards including the FMNP Advisory board, New Smyrna Beach Areas Visitors Bureau and SE Volusia Chamber of Commerce.