Texas State Aquarium’s Tom Schmid named new Columbus Zoo president

Texas State Aquarium’s CEO Tom Schmid has been selected to be the new president of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio.

After 25 years with the aquarium, Schmid will end his time in Corpus Christi at the end of November and start the next chapter of his life Dec. 6.

“I’m excited about the opportunity,” Schmid said. “It’s going to be really difficult leaving Corpus Christi, but the aquarium is in the strongest financial position that it has even been in. We have an amazing staff and I’m confident that there’s going to be a very smooth transition.”

President and CEO Tom Schmid walks through jungle habitat in the Caribbean Journey wing Monday, Aug. 28, 2017, before the Texas State Aquarium reopens after Hurricane Harvey.

In a news release, Columbus Zoo Board Chairman Keith Shumate said Schmid is widely acclaimed throughout the zoo and aquarium industry as smart, ethical and passionate about zoos and wildlife conservation.

“I believe that we have found an individual with the experience to lead this zoo and take it to the next level,” Shumate said. “In getting to know Tom, I am struck not only by his track record as a leader but also his skills as a listener. I am excited for this community to get to know him and for the Columbus Zoo to move forward under his leadership.”

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