CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium has named a new president and CEO.

The aquarium’s Board of Trustees announced Wednesday that Bridget Coughlin will begin leading the aquarium in the spring. She will take over from Ted Beattie, who announced in April he planned to step down following a 22-year tenure.

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Coughlin is currently the vice president of strategic partnerships and programs and adjunct curator at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. She’s worked at the Denver museum since 2005. Prior to that post, she spent five years working with the National Academy of Sciences in Washington D.C.

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Tyrone Fahner was chairman of the aquarium’s search committee. In a news release, he says Coughlin is “one of the brightest leaders of any education, research, and conservation organization today.”

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