Wit Ostrenko has served as president of the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI) for the last 18 years. He is a 48-year resident of Florida, with 30 years in the museum field.
He has a bachelor's in Zoology from Florida Atlantic University, a master's in Aquatic Ecology from the University of Miami, and PhD work in Oceanography.
Wit is the international president of the worldwide Association of Science Technology Centers (ASTC) and an officer of the Florida Assn. of Museums (FAM) and is actively involved with several 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 state's natural beauty and its resources. He has led several trips through Florida for the Smithsonian Associates Travel Program.
Wit has led the MOSI effort to make it a successful Florida science center, which features the nation's first Head Start, a public library, an elementary school, a charter middle school, and the nation's largest children's science center.