Their conversation is part of a program offered by the Columbus Metropolitan Club. You can watch the conversation in the video player above.
Schmid was named CEO in October, coming from the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi. One of the first issues he addressed was the zoo’s accreditation.
The zoo lost an appeal to keep its previous accreditation with the Association of Zoos and Aquariums after a series of scandals involving misused funds led to the previous leadership being ousted. In early June, the zoo announced accreditation with a new group, the Zoological Association of America.
“Meeting or exceeding all accreditation standards only benefits the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium at every level,” Schmid said.