Stephen White is President of Mystic Seaport Museum. He joined the Museum in January of 2009 after a career as an educator, lastly as Headmaster of Fay School from 1990-2008. At Mystic Seaport, Steve has focused on a revitalized vision, a bold strategic plan, the development of new digital educational programming, building partnerships, and renewing the Museum’s fundraising goals and capabilities. A key element of the vision was to take the Charles W. Morgan (1841) back to sea in 2014 following her restoration and the completion of the Thompson Exhibition Building in 2016, a 14,000 s/f building that has transformed the exhibition section of the Museum grounds and which enabled a strategic initiative known as the Era of Exhibitions. Recent exhibitions have included Ships, Clocks, and Stars, The Vikings Begin!, The Vinland Map, Death in the Ice, and in 2019 The Watercolors of J.M.W. Turner from TATE.
Steve has long served as a trustee of schools and non-profits, and he currently serves as the President of the International Congress of Maritime Museums. In 2015, he received the Connecticut Tourism Leader of the Year Award from Governor Malloy. The National Maritime Historical Society presented Steve with their annual Leadership Award in 2014, and Rocking the Boat (Bronx) honored him with the Whitehall Award in 2013 for the Whaleboat Project.
With a B.A. in English and Education from Hartwick College, he completed a Klingenstein Fellowship at Columbia University/Teachers College. A native of Camden, Maine, Steve has long enjoyed a connection with the sea and has made two trans-Atlantic crossings. He and his wife Maggie now live in Stonington, CT.