Changing Places


The Landing School appointed Robert DeColfmacker as interim president. He follows Barry Acker, who announced his retirement as president after six years in the position.

DeColfmacker most recently served as a consultant with Stevens Strategy, a management consulting firm to the higher-education sector. In his profession, DeColfmacker has been a faculty member, administrator, college president, consultant and trustee in career-oriented education organizations.

He holds a master's degree from Harvard University and a bachelor's degree from Southern New Hampshire University, where he currently chairs its board of trustees.

Acker will transition to a newly formed position as director of advancement.

"These changes cap approximately 24 months of my discussions with the board of trustees and our faculty and staff about the need for more administrative resources to serve our external constituencies," Acker said in a statement. "Bob coming on as the interim president allows me to spend more time connecting with the industry, alumni and supporters."

DeColfmacker will focus his efforts on the internal operations of the school, from student recruitment and services to accreditation and financial aid.

"We are thrilled to find a candidate of Bob DeColfmacker's terrific talent, experience and positive energy to come to The Landing School as we are adding resources for the next stage of growth and maturity," said Peter Worrell, chair of The Landing School board of trustees, in a statement. "Bringing Bob on with us now ... will really allow Barry to focus on his area of unique talent - external relationships with all of our constituencies."

Based in Maine, The Landing School is a full-time, accredited post-secondary school that educates and trains people of all ages and backgrounds for careers in the marine industry.

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Bridget Driggs joined the National Marine Manufacturers Association's Washington, D.C., office as PAC and special projects coordinator.

She will be responsible for managing BoatPAC and assisting with the NMMA's legislative conference, the American Boating Congress.

Driggs comes to the NMMA from the National Association of Home Builders, where she helped manage Build-PAC. She also brings legislative experience from time spent at the Duberstein Group and the office of Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C.

She is a graduate of James Madison University.


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