Bob Young retiring from Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013 11:12 PM
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Former Augusta Mayor Bob Young is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of the South­eastern Natural Sci­ences Aca­demy, the research and education arm of Phinizy Swamp Nature Park.

Former Augusta mayor Bob Young is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy.  FILE
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Former Augusta mayor Bob Young is stepping down as president and chief executive officer of the Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy.
Meg Mirshak
Staff Writer
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Young, who was mayor from 1999 to 2005, will retire at the end of the year. He joined the organization in 2011.

A replacement has not been named to succeed Young, who resigned as mayor in 2005 to become regional director – and later an assistant deputy secretary – for the U.S. Depart­ment of Hou­sing and Urban De­vel­op­ment under the George W. Bush administration.

Young said he will remain involved in water conservation issues and focus on a small brokerage business.

“I’ll stay active and busy in water issues in other ways,” he said. “We accomplished what we set out to do when I came on board, and it’s time to move on.”

Under his guidance, Young said, the organization has improved its brand recognition and become better known in the community. The nonprofit institute also expanded its resources to serve more people, including hundreds of visitors to the swamp for the annual Oka’Chaffa Indian Festival.

While mayor, Young was involved in matters concerning the Savannah River basin and testified before Congress on water issues. Augusta significantly expanded its constructed wetlands and undertook other environmental projects under his leadership.

The Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy was founded in 1996 to provide leadership for natural resource management, environmental education and research in the Savannah River basin. Phinizy Swamp covers 1,100 acres near Augusta Re­gion­al Airport.

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bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 12/06/13 - 03:23 am
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Maybe he could come back to

Maybe he could come back to Augusta and get us out of this gigantic hole we're in. I seriously doubt anyone would come back to Disgusta once they've left. Now I know how we got that nickname years ago! Only to watch the Masters golf tournament would I come back. It hurts to say that but its true.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/06/13 - 11:11 am
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Maybe he could move to Utah and celebrate his ancestry.
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Maybe he could move to Utah and celebrate his ancestry.

soapy_725
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soapy_725 12/06/13 - 11:12 am
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He could be the next "prophet". He is good at prophesying.
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He could be the next "prophet". He is good at prophesying.

Stunned 2
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Stunned 2 12/06/13 - 11:33 am
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His best contibutions to this community were as Buddy Carr's sid

His best contibutions to this community were as Buddy Carr's sidekick. After that - he suited up, became too politically correct & politically indebted to be of much value.

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 12/06/13 - 12:22 pm
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I have to give a big "WHO

I have to give a big "WHO CARES?!?!" to this story. No offense to Bob, or his wife, but why does the paper continue to follow these people's every move? I mean, it's as if they were the Khardasians of Augusta! Let Bob retire and go putter around his garden. Geesh!

Dixieman
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Dixieman 12/06/13 - 02:20 pm
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willie7
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willie7 12/06/13 - 04:46 pm
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Bob was out of his league. He
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Bob was out of his league. He should have been named director of communications rather than the CEO.

SpiderLily
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SpiderLily 12/07/13 - 04:13 pm
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He is a idiot. "Take that

He is a idiot. "Take that EZ-Go!"

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