Retired Army Col. James Helis has been appointed superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point.
“Colonel Helis is an ideal fit for the Academy,” U.S. Transportation Secretary LaHood said. “His extensive military and academic experience reflects the Academy’s mission of both training and educating its students to support our country’s maritime needs, and I look forward to working with him to ensure a strong future for Kings Point.”
Since 2004, Helis has chaired the Department of National Security and Strategy at the U.S. Army War College in Pennsylvania. During a 30-year Army career, he served as Army Ranger and master parachutist and chief of plans for the NATO International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.
He received his Ph.D. in international relations from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He holds masters degrees from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the University of Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor of science degree at West Point.