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.
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.
Mr. Ray Chandler, Chairman, Chandler and Jennings, LLC
Mr. Wayne Adams, Vice Chairman, The Adams Group, President and Chief Executive Officer
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 Will Haynie, Board Member, City of Mount Pleasant, Mayor
Mr. George “Pat” Waters, President/CEO, Waters Investments, LLC
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.