Ruth Wood announced her retirement after 28 years with the BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water, which she most recently served as president.
Chris Edmonston, vice president of the foundation, succeeds Wood.
Wood joined the foundation in 1983, two years after it was created as a sister organization to BoatU.S., dedicated to promoting safe and environmentally sensitive boating. Working with the Coast Guard Auxiliary and the U.S. Power Squadrons, one of her first projects was developing a toll-free boating safety course line for boaters who wanted to find local boating safety courses.
During her career, Wood served as chairwoman of the National Safe Boating Council and a member of the board of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. She also has worked on the Underwriters Laboratories PFD Technical Panel and the Coast Guard's Boating Safety Advisory Council.
"Ruth's work has been instrumental in building the foundation's national reputation as a leader in boating safety and environmental stewardship," foundation chairman Bill Oakerson said in a statement. "She leaves a legacy of partnership within the boating safety community. Her personal dedication and tireless efforts have contributed to the significant improvement in life jacket design and awareness, online education and responsible boating."
Wood will remain a volunteer member of the board of trustees.