Providing tools to assess the needs of Florida's children and their families.

Providing tools to assess the needs of Florida's children and their families.

Wit Ostrenko served as President of the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) for 28 years and led the MOSI effort to make it the largest museum in Florida, the only IMAX Dome Theater in Florida and the 6th largest science center in the US, which features the nation's first Head Start, an elementary school, a charter middle school, the nation’s largest children’s science center, and the Technology/Invention Laboratory called Idea Zone. He retired from MOSI in August of 2014.

Wit is a 50-year resident and scientist of Florida, with 37 years in the museum field. He has a Bachelors in Zoology from Florida Atlantic University, a Masters in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Miami, and Ph.D. work in Oceanography in coastal zone management. Wit is the international past president of the worldwide Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC) and an officer of the Florida Association of Museums (FAM) and is actively involved with several scientific, community chamber and leadership organizations. He lectures on the museum profession, science topics, and creative problem solving. He leads trips into the Florida environment particularly the Everglades and the Big Cypress Swamp to help people understand and appreciate the universe’s natural beauty and its resources. He has led several trips through Florida for the Smithsonian Associates Travel Program.

Wit is an avid sailor of Florida waters, both cruising and racing. He has most recently participated in the first wintering loon study in the Gulf of Mexico Mississippi Delta region for Earthwatch. He has also participated on several IMAX film productions for input as a Science Center Director. Son Derick, is a graduate of Stetson University and Rhode Island School of Design and is now a professor at LSU in digital art and design, and daughter Mariana, is in nursing school and a pole vaulter.