Emily Jean McAfee tells the Albany Herald that it's clear that business as usual at the facility is over.
Even if the recession had not occurred, McAfee said she doesn't think the RiverQuarium would have made enough money through the turnstiles "to run the organization like we need to."
McAfee made the comments Wednesday, in her first interview since the RiverQuarium board she chairs voted to eliminate CEO Sanders Lewallen's position.
She says the organization should refocus on its roots — education and the promotion of conservation and stewardship.
The RiverQuarium features exhibits that tell the story of the Flint River and the blue hole springs that helped create it.