Updated March 29 at 5:29pm

Roger Williams director to leave zoo


PROVIDENCE – After 20 years with the zoo, Roger Williams Park Zoo Director Jack Mulvena has announced that he will be leaving the position effective Jan. 31, 2013 to start an entrepreneurial venture, the zoo announced Friday.

“Going into my twentieth year as the [Rhode Island Zoological] Society’s Executive Director, ten of which I also served as zoo director, I look back on so much that the zoo staff and I have accomplished,” said Mulvena in a statement. He is leaving his position to start JFour Associates, an entrepreneurial venture.

“I’m proud of the position that the Zoo is in both financially and programmatically, and know it is poised for future success,” said Mulvena. “A great staff and board are in place. There simply comes a point when it’s time to move on and allow new energy and vision to take the zoo to its next phase.”

Former zoo board chairman John Palumbo will lead the search committee. “We are confident that given the longstanding reputation of Roger Williams Park Zoo in the areas of education and conservation, we will attract great new leadership for the organization,” said Palumbo, who owns Rhode Island Monthly publications and has been associated with the Zoo for more than twenty years.

“I have a deep connection to Roger Williams Park Zoo and always will. It has been 20 years of fulfillment and enjoyment as we continued to make a name for ourselves as a leader in conservation and education and as a place people love to visit to connect with family, friends and the natural world,” said Mulvena.


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