Deputy Director

Paul M. Scholz

Paul Scholz is the deputy director at NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management. Scholz also provides leadership and support for all new office integration efforts and activities associated with the continued evolution of the new office.

Prior to the integration of NOAA’s Coastal Services Center and Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), Scholz had worked for the NOAA Coastal Services Center since August 1994. He served as chief of the Coastal Management Services Division for his first 11 years. He also has been responsible for several NOAA-wide efforts, including the Coastal Storms Program, Coasts, Estuaries, and Ocean Program, and Coastal Inundation Societal Challenge. In August 2005 he was asked to become chief of the Center’s Management and Budget Division and serve as chief financial officer and chief administrative officer. Most recently, Scholz was acting deputy director for OCRM.

Prior to his career at the Center, Scholz was a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador working on finfish aquaculture. In addition, he has spent 24 years working on various natural resources training and technical assistance projects within the U.S. and in Central and South America.

Scholz has a master’s degree in marine science from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale.