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New Head of Finance and Administration Named at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

Jose Escoto has been named associate director for Finance and Administration at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute in Washington, D.C., effective today. As head of Finance and Administration, Escoto will assist Zoo director Dennis Kelly in the overall planning, development and management of the Zoo's administration, operations, human resources, safety and information technology.

After a national search, I'm delighted that Jose was selected, said Kelly. His extensive background in all aspects of finance and operations combined with experience in the National Park Service makes him an ideal fit for the Zoo.

Escoto most recently worked as director for the Office of Academy Financial Management Budget and Programs for the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, NY. Prior to that position, he was superintendent and park manager of Padre Island National Seashore for the National Park Service in Corpus Christi, Texas. Escoto completed his bachelor's and master's degrees in Accounting and Finance respectively from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

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