John K. Bullard was named the Regional Administrator for NOAA’s Northeast Regional Office on July 2, 2012. He will assume his new duties in early August. As the Administrator, Mr. Bullard is responsible for administering NOAA programs for the management of living marine resources from Canada to Cape Hatteras.
In this capacity, Mr. Bullard directs NOAA Fisheries’ programs in support of responsible international and domestic fisheries management in the Northeast Region. He also guides multidisciplinary research programs to provide scientific and technical information necessary to manage living marine resources and to support the information requirements and decision making processes of the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils.
A native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, with a lifelong interest in the ocean, Mr. Bullard joined NOAA Fisheries following his retirement at the end of June as the President of the Massachusetts-based Sea Education Association. Also known as SEA, the non-profit education organization headquartered in Woods Hole, teaches college students and others about the science and culture of the sea through a 12-week ‘SEA Semester’ that combines on-campus studies in oceanography, nautical science, and maritime studies with sailing and research aboard one of the organization’s tall ships in the Atlantic or Pacific.
Prior to joining SEA, Mr. Bullard served on Chancellor Jean MacCormack’s senior staff at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.