Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium is proud to welcome Dr. Andrew Economos as a new member of the Mote Board of Trustees. A Sarasota native, Dr. Economos retired from a successful career in computing technology for pioneering applications in aerospace, business and broadcasting. He founded and led the highly successful broadcasting software company RCS, which he sold after 30 years, and which remains a leader in its industry today. Since retiring, Dr. Economos has served on the boards of numerous science, technology and cultural institutions and he sponsors college scholarships for students with economic need, along with the national Archimedes Award for outstanding science students. He and his wife, Dr. Judith Economos, a poet and artist who taught at Princeton, are Lifetime members and active participants in Mote activities, founding donors for Mote’s Red Tide Institute in 2018, and have demonstrated visionary philanthropic leadership for the new Mote Science Education Aquarium (Mote SEA). Economos will now serve on the Board’s Education & Outreach and Research committees.

“Mote’s ability to innovate and use research to address our community’s environmental issues like red tide is what drew me to them when we moved back to Sarasota several years ago. We are totally on board now with the new Mote SEA that will ensure access to marine science and STEM learning for students of all ages. The team at Mote is always pressing forward,” said Economos. “My wife Judith and I are proud to be part of the Mote family, and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Board of Trustees.”

“As an innovator himself, Dr. Economos is thoroughly engaged with helping shape Mote’s vision for the future,” said Mote President & CEO Dr. Michael P. Crosby. “As we get closer to the completion of Mote SEA and the future reimagining of Mote’s City Island campus for expanded research capacity, I’m confident that as a Trustee Dr. Economos will provide incredible knowledge and guidance. Our entire Board welcomes Andrew and Judith into our Mote family.”