Billy Ray Morris, who founded LAMP in 1999.
Former Director and founder of LAMP, Billy Ray Morris, recently accepted the job of North Carolina State Underwater Archaeologist. Morris will run the state’s Underwater Archaeology Branch at Kure Beach, North Carolina.
From the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Newsroom:

His work at Cultural Resources will include expansion of the state’s shipwreck data files, and sharing that information with students and professional researchers. He will process permit applications for exploration of historic resources in state waters, and will also guide research on the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck, and on numerous Civil War shipwrecks and other sites yet undiscovered.
Morris has worked for the Virginia Department of Historic Resources, the Florida Bureau of Archaeological Research, and the Lighthouse Maritime Archaeological Program, which he founded and directed.

Billy Ray is a great archaeologist and will be a real benefit for the people of North Carolina. We wish him the best of luck in this new endeavor!