Ray LaHood, U.S. transportation secretary, has selected seven members to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy’s advisory board.
The new members include:
- Sharon van Wyk, executive vice president and chief operations officer at American Public University System.
- Kathy Humphrey, vice provost and dean of students at University of Pittsburgh.
- Laurie Leshin, dean of the school of science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
- Marty Linsky, faculty member at Harvard Kennedy School and co-founder of the Cambridge Leadership Associates.
- Manuel Maddox, lieutenant with the U.S. Coast Guard and graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2006.
- Bill Pennella, vice chairman of the board and executive vice president at Crowley Maritime.
- Jean-Paul Rodrigue, professor in the department of global studies and geography at Hofstra University.
The board serves as an independent body to examine the course of instruction and management at the academy and advise the USMMA superintendent and maritime administrator to ensure an educational atmosphere for midshipmen. By statute, the seven board members must be distinguished in education and fields related to the academy’s mission. They are appointed for not more than three years and must include one graduate from the academy within the past six to 10 years.
“Kings Point graduates go on to careers in global transportation,” said James Helis, USMMA’s superintendent, in a written statement. “It is essential that we have an advisory board that helps the academy stay current on maritime industry trends and educational best practices.”