Robert Walker, Ph.D.
Bob Walker served as Interim INA President effective November 1, 2010 until March 1, 2011. Bob had served as an active member of the INA Board for 25 years and as current Chairman of the Board, continues to be heavily involved in raising money for endowed chairs, professorships, and special projects for INA. Now retired, Dr. Walker held Texas A&M University’s James Aston University Chair in Institutional Development, served as Vice President for Development for 30 years, and in January of 2008 assumed the title of Senior Executive for Development.
James P. Delgado, Ph.D.
Jim Delgado joined INA after 15 years as Executive Director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum in Vancouver, British Columbia, and in April, 2008, the INA Board of Directors elected him President. Dr. Delgado’s undersea explorations include RMS Titanic, RMS Carpathia, the ship that rescued Titanic’s survivors, and the notorious “ghost ship” Mary Celeste. In October 2010, Dr. Delgado joined the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration as Director of Maritime Heritage.
Donny L. Hamilton, Ph.D.
Shortly after INA affiliated with Texas A&M University in 1976 and established a graduate program in nautical archaeology, Donny Hamilton was added to the faculty as a specialist in New World archaeology. He founded the Texas A&M Conservation Research Laboratory (CRL) in 1978—one of the world’s best—and pioneered many of the techniques used in the field today. Before serving as INA President, Dr. Hamilton directed INA’s decade-long excavation of the sunken city of Port Royal, Jamaica.
Jerome L. Hall, Ph.D.
Jerome Hall received his doctorate in nautical archaeology from Texas A&M University, after which he served at the Director of the Office of Underwater Archaeology in Puerto Rico. In the Dominican Republic, Jerome led the excavation of the Monte Cristi Pipe Wreck, a late 17th-century northern European merchant trader named in part for a cargo whose remains include thousands of clay smoking pipes. He now serves as Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of San Diego.
Frederick M. Hocker, Ph.D.
After completing his doctoral studies in 1991, Fred Hocker was hired to teach medieval maritime seafaring and the history of shipbuilding at Texas A&M University. While with INA, he directed the recording of a 15th-century A.D. cog and a 17th-century A.D. passenger ferry in the Netherlands, the excavation of an 18th-century A.D. pilot sloop at Clydesdale Plantation on the Savannah River in South Carolina, and the excavation of the 9th-century A.D. Byzantine shipwreck at Bozburun, Turkey. Since 2003 he has been the Director of Research at the Vasa Museum in Stockholm, Sweden.
Robert “Chip” Vincent, Jr. (1945–2007)
In 1968, Chip Vincent joined Michael Katzev on the excavation of the Greek shipwreck off Kyrenia, Cyprus. He spent seven years with the preservation team that helped Dick Steffy reassemble the Kyrenia ship’s hull. For the final 15 years of his life, Chip was project director and cultural heritage manager for the American Research Center. He raised and administered funds to preserve antiquities in Egypt, promoting dozens of projects from pre-pharaonic monuments to 18th-century Cairo neighborhoods.
Donald A. Frey, Ph.D.
Don Frey joined INA in 1975, having previously worked with George Bass at Yassıada. His contributions to INA have been many, from directing annual surveys during which dozens of ancient shipwrecks were located to becoming INA’s principal photographer & videographer. During Donald Frey’s tenure as President, INA acquired the land and constructed the first building for its Bodrum Research Center.
George F. Bass, Ph.D.
In 1972 George Bass formed the American Institute of Nautical Archaeology, which was originally based in Cyprus, but when war broke out in 1974 the new institute was forced to seek another home. This would be found at Texas A&M University, with which it affiliated in 1976, and where Dr. Bass would then head Texas A&M’s new graduate program in nautical archaeology until 1993. In 1979, AINA dropped the “American” to reflect its international staff and board of directors, becoming simply INA.