SUNY Maritime College President Announces Resignation

Sep 10, 2013

September 9, 2013: SUNY Maritime College President Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter, USN (Ret.), announced on Friday, September 6, 2013, that she will step down shortly after the completion of Fall semester.

Admiral Carpenter has served as President since August 31, 2011, and has decided to step down in order to have more time for family and to pursue both personal and professional priorities and passions. SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher will work with the College to form a search committee and will ensure leadership at the campus continues uninterrupted.

“Admiral Carpenter is a highly respected leader, trailblazer, and role model who always served with honor and distinction,” said SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher. “She demonstrated the best of SUNY during Hurricane Sandy when the campus served as a staging area for relief and recovery workers even as it dealt with its own serious flooding and damage.  We thank her for her service and wish her the very best in her next personal and professional endeavors.”

“My tenure at SUNY Maritime College has been very gratifying and I have been inspired everyday by the dedication of our students, our faculty and staff as well as the very close friends and supporters of the College,” said Admiral Carpenter. “I have had the privilege of coming to know many of the students well and I hold them in highest regard.  I am grateful for my time at Maritime and will miss much of my life here, most especially being with our fine students - the leaders for tomorrow in the maritime industry and in so many other areas.”

“In her tenure at the helm of Maritime College, Admiral Carpenter has made significant progress to bring the College to the next level of excellence and instituted a wide array of game-changing initiatives, such as the Global Maritime Center, industry partnerships, K-12 programs, and development of a compelling business plan for new purpose-built training ships,” said SUNY Maritime College Council Chair, Timothea Larr.  “She has established many new connections with alumni and friends and increased our profile among local, state and federal elected officials. It has been a pleasure to work with her to move the College forward on many fronts. I look forward to working with Chancellor Zimpher on selecting a new leader who can continue Maritime’s long tradition of excellence.”

During Admiral Carpenter’s tenure as president, the Maritime College has received significant national and international recognition, including a nationally ranked engineering program, and a top five ranking in Payscale.com’s College Return on Investment (ROI) Report.  The Middle States Commission on Higher Education re-affirmed the accreditation for the Associates, Bachelors and Masters degrees and the five Bachelor’s degree programs in Engineering received ABET accreditation.  The College passed the US Coast Guard Audit and the Coast Guard licensing program underwent a major revision to comply with the STCW 2010 amendments.  Student enrollment remained at an all-time high, graduation rates increased, and first to second year student retention rates increased to 80 percent.   There has been significantly increased outreach to alumni, maritime industry, state federal and local officials, as well as respected national media outlets.   In May the College was awarded a 21st Century Grant in the amount of $1.8 million from the New York State Education Department to fund after-school STEM programs in two local high schools, and in July, the College announced a major donation of $750,000 from Bouchard Transportation Corp., Inc. to establish a Tug and Barge Simulation Center.  A comprehensive Strategic Plan was completed which will guide the College into the next phase of continued success.

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