After 27 years working for the NPFMC – 15 of them as Executive Director – Chris Oliver is headed to Washington DC. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, with concurrence from the White House, selected Oliver as the new Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. Coming from Texas A&M, Oliver joined the Council in 1990 as a fisheries biologist, and was promoted to Deputy Director after only 2 years. Choosing to forgo a traditional going-away party during his last meeting, a short portion of the B reports was set aside for acknowledgment, recognition and appreciation for Oliver’s dedication and service to the sustainability of fishery resources, and for being a great leader, mentor, and friend. David Witherell provided a slideshow that highlighted many of Oliver’s accomplishments and interests. He was presented with the Meritorious Public Service Award from the USCG as well as plaques of appreciation from NMFS and the Council for his outstanding service. The audience replied with an extended standing ovation. Good luck in your new role, Chris. You will be missed.
Because of the abbreviated send-off, staff is encouraging people to write down well-wishes, congratulations, and memories which will be collected and combined in a book for Chris to privately read at his leisure. Send an email, attach a PDF, include your favorite Chris photos, or use this. You can email your submission to email@example.com.