Meet: Alan Griffith, Board Emeritus
Alan Griffith first came to the Chesapeake Bay in 1963, in order to meet his future in-laws. The meeting went well, and Alan and Penny married a year later. The two have made the Chesapeake Bay and its watershed a part of their lives ever since. When Alan retired as Vice Chairman of The Bank of New York in 2005, after 41 years with the company, they relocated to Penny’s family farm in Centreville, MD. As an environmentalist, Alan says: “Between the natural resources, rural character, and great sense of community, we were just waiting to make this our permanent home.”
Alan and Penny had always known of the Museum, and quickly became more involved after becoming full-time residents. Alan was elected to the Board of Governors in 2005, and was elected an Emeritus Governor in 2013. Alan’s extensive experience on multiple Boards—including Lafayette College, The ALS Association, Chesapeake Bay Foundation, and George Washington’s Mount Vernon—makes him an invaluable leader with extensive experience in development, communications, and governance of not-for-profits.
Having been involved with CBMM at a Board level for 10 years, Alan has seen a great deal of change at CBMM. He takes great pride in all that the Museum has to offer. He wishes everyone could realize the depth and breadth of the programs and exhibitions that are offered on campus: “You really need to visit the Museum on a regular basis to take advantage of all that is offered.”
Alan has a difficult time identifying his favorite part of CBMM: “There’s not one particular thing, but I very much enjoy the Oystering Building, as well as rotating special exhibitions and related programming; but most of all it is being able to bring guests to the Museum and seeing their reactions, especially children.”
What inspires Alan to continue supporting the Museum is simple: “It’s important to support the mission. CBMM aims to tell the complete story of the Chesapeake Bay region.” Alan credits a strong and engaged Board, a professional and energetic staff, and solid community support for CBMM’s continued success in telling this story.
CBMM would like to thank Alan for his time and dedication to the Museum!