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Where Honor, Pride, & Adventure Unite

Patriots Point Development Authority was established in the 1970s to develop a naval & maritime museum on Charleston Harbor with the World War II aircraft carrier, USS YORKTOWN as its centerpiece. It’s also home to the Patriots Point Museum and a fleet of National Historic Landmark ships, the Cold War Memorial and the only Vietnam Experience Exhibit in the U.S., the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, and the agency's official Medal of Honor Museum.

Patriots Point strives to preserve the living history of our nation's bravest men and women while telling their stories in honorable, educational and engaging ways.

The PPDA also oversees the stewardship of over 350 acres of property on Charleston Harbor, much of which is currently under lease by a golf course, a collegiate athletic complex, hotels, and more.

Since opening, Patriots Point has become one of the state's most popular tourist attractions with more than 270,000 visitors each year. The YORKTOWN boasts one of the largest education and overnight camping programs in the nation, with more than 40,000 school age children attending these programs each year.



Celebrating 40 Years

Board of Directors

The PPDA Board is made up of nine members. Selection of three members of the Board, including its chairman, is at the discretion of the governor. Five members are appointed by the governor upon the recommendation of a combination of the following: Speaker of the House, Senate Pro Tempore, Senate Finance Chairman, Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, and the Adjutant General. The Mayor of the Town of Mount Pleasant serves as an ex-officio member. This Board meets regularly to approve strategic planning initiatives, revisions to development plans and contracts, long-term leases, etc.

The executive director, reporting to the Board of Directors and working closely with its chairman, is responsible for long-term planning and day-to-day management of the agency, including the museum and all of its ancillary services.



Patriots Point Development
Authority Board

Mr. Ray Chandler, Chairman, Chandler and Jennings, LLC
Mr. Wayne Adams, Vice Chairman, The Adams Group, President and Chief Executive Officer
Ms. Lin Bennett, Board Member, Community Volunteer
Ms. Susan Marlowe, Board Member, Consultant
Mr. Edwin S. Taylor, Board Member, Charleston County Parks and Recreation, Former Commissioner
Mr. Richard Wilkerson, Board Member, Michelin North America, Former Chairman and President
Mr. Zeb C. Williams, Board Member, South Carolina Legislative Council, Senior Legal Counsel
Mr. Spencer King, Board Member, The Ward Law Firm, Attorney
Mayor Linda Page, Board Member, City of Mount Pleasant, Mayor

Leadership & Staff

Executive Director

Mac Burdette

Email

843-881-5920

Assistant to the Executive Director

Margaret Shepard

Email

843-881-5920

Admin Services/Chief Financial Officer

Royce Breland

Email

843-881-5967

Director of Operations

Bob Howard

Email

843-881-5978

Director of Exhibits

David Clark

Email

843-881-5985

Director of Education

Keith Grybowski

Email

843-881-5935

Director of Marketing and Sales

Sis Reda

Email

843-971-5043

Group Sales Manager

Sandi Smeltzer

Email

843-881-5976

Group Sales Coordinator

Shirl Knight

Email

843-971-5044

Events Coordinator / Operations

Bobby Kotlowski

Email

843-881-5989

Communications & Media Relations/IT Director

Robert Clark

Email

843-881-5997

Public Affairs/Media Relations

Chris Hauff

Email

843-881-5984

Catering Sales Manager

Nicole Snowden - Top Shelf Catering

Email

843-375-1366

USS YORKTOWN Foundation

Marsha Ray

Email

843-881-5925

Director of Camping Services

Alice Seabrook

Email

843-881-5933

Overnight Camping Coordinator

Richard Gregg

Email

843-881-5962

Gift Shop Main Floor

Email

843-881-5972

Gift Shop Manager

Sam Derrick

Email

843-881-5970

Human Resources Director

Sylvia Wasden

Email

843-881-5969

Finance Office

Elaine Torres

Email

843-881-5965

Deputy Director Museum Services

Robert Simmons

Email

843-881-5977

General Maintenance

Rich Dunn

Email

843-971-5050

Public Safety Superintendent

Betty Goodwater

Email

843-881-5938

Curator of Collections

Melissa Buchanan

Email

843-881-5990

Congressional Medal of Honor Society Offices

Email

843-884-8862

YORKTOWN Association Offices

Email

843-849-1928

News Media & Travel Writers

Chris Hauff

Email

843-881-5984

Ticketing Services

Email

843-884-2727

Membership Services

Email

843-884-2727

General Information

Email

843-884-2727

Careers

The staff at Patriots Point has a passion for history, a strong respect for our nation's heroes, and a knack for southern hospitality. If you have an interest in sharing America’s stories with us, we’d like to hear from you. Browse available career opportunities below.

Career Opportunities

  • Active Duty Military (ID required)
  • $17
  • In Person
  • Active Duty Military In Uniform
  • Free
  • In Person