ROCKLAND, Maine — Margaret Macleod of Rockport was hired on Feb. 4 as the new executive director of The Apprenticeshop in Rockland.
Her hiring comes at an important moment in the growth of the 40-year-old school for traditional boatbuilding and seamanship, which is simultaneously designing a new curriculum to better meet the needs of apprentices and boatbuilders, expanding its community sailing opportunities on the Rockland waterfront, successfully pursuing an ambitious five-year capital campaign, and of course, building new wooden boats.
Macleod has served ably as interim executive director since mid-December 2012, upon the departure of Eric Stockinger. Prior to that, she was The Apprenticeshop’s development director for more than three years. In that position, she played a vital role in helping to meet the expanding demands for funding and administrative oversight as the educational nonprofit grew.
Before her work with The Apprenticeshop, Macleod worked for other Maine nonprofits including Maine Audubon and Ashwood Waldorf School. That experience and her hiring allow The Apprenticeshop to maintain operational momentum on all its projects, and to start into 2013 without breaking stride.
“All of us who worked with Margaret while she led The Apprenticeshop’s development program found in her the leadership talent, spirit and dedication needed now to guide the Shop and its new program offerings into its next 40 years. She’ll be a great executive director,” said Tom Wood, co-chairman of the Board of Directors.
Known widely for its wooden boatbuilding apprenticeship, students come to The Apprenticeshop from around the world to hone their skills and learn the craft. The Apprenticeshop’s Rockland Community Sailing program is a gateway to Rockland Harbor for youth and adults.
Summer sailing camps, a high school sailing tea serving all mid-coast schools, and after school programs provide ample opportunity for locals to learn boating. Students in the boatbuilding shop are at work building a 29-foot whaleboat to accompany the re-launching of the historic 106-foot whaleship Charles W. Morgan, in the permanent collection of the world-renowned Mystic Seaport Museum of Mystic, Conn. Visitors may view the whaleboat in progress Monday through Friday or by appointment.
For more information call: 594-1800 www.apprenticeshop.org.