Michael G. McShane, Chairman
Board of Directors
After 12 years of serving as chairman of the Nemours Wildlife foundation board of directors, Colden Battey has elected to step down but remain as a trustee. We are all tremendously grateful for Colden’s 25 years of dedicated service to the foundation and I am very pleased Colden will remain engaged. Please see his statement below.
President & CEO
Dr. Ernie Wiggers has announced his retirement as President and CEO of the foundation effective December 31, 2021, giving us 12 months to not only celebrate Ernie’s accomplishments but to prepare for a successor.
Foremost, before we discuss our search process, I must express our collective and profound appreciation for the accomplishments by Ernie as Executive Director, then as President and CEO. Retiring at the end of next year will bring his tenure at Nemours to 22 years of building a now nationally recognized, preeminent wildlife research and education program. This is not only Ernie’s legacy, but one we can all be very proud of as supporters.
As a reminder, Ernie grew up on a farm in Pomaria, SC, graduated from Clemson University in 1975 with his bachelor’s degree and in 1979 with his master’s in wildlife biology. Ernie and his wife, Hope, then travelled to Texas Tech for his PhD which he completed in 1983. They then moved to the University of Missouri where he was on the faculty in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife in the College of Agriculture from 1983 until 1999 when we were fortunate to lure him back to South Carolina.
I have appointed an executive search committee which our very capable colleague and board member Alex Shuford has agreed to lead. Board members Colden Battey and Jerry Schulze will serve as well. I appreciate and trust their wisdom and commitment to excellence.
My commitment is to keep our stakeholders engaged as we work collectively on a decision to find the right successor for the foundation. Meanwhile, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss any questions regarding our plans or suggestions.
With Warm Regards,