Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by nmlcfp, Nov 10, 2009.
Anyone know what the real reason is and who might be his replacement?
I heard his replacement is Chief Engineer Captain Dr. Sembler, PE
Does anyone know what Captain Sembler's bio is? What his qualifications are?
i dunno about the validity of his candidacy for the job, but i have had CAPT Sembler as a professor. he worked in the industry for many years, is a KP grad, and one of the toughest professors we've got here. not saying that in a bad way either. pretty sure i learned more with him than with most of my other profs throughout my time here... but his class isn't easy. it's very obvious that he loves this school and expects the mids to put forth a solid effort with everything they do. take that for what it's worth.
oh and most of the text books that you'll use in the engineering department--if they have anything about pumps in them, chances are he wrote it.
we just had a meeting with CAPT Fell this morning and he made it clear that there is no one that's sweeping in and taking it yet, the job is going open board and there won't be much word on it for probably a few months.
To high a priority is placed on the graduates of USMMA to leave anything to chance. Rest assured whomever is allowed to be your superintendent is qualified and empowered to see to it that the academy graduates mariners capable of being developed further into functional members of the senior executive service or its equivelent.
just a few things I found
Capt Sembler's Biography
CAPT. William Sembler
Department: Marine Engineering
Title: Professor/Chief Engineer - T/V KINGS POINTER
Year Started: 1991 Phone: 516-773-5748/5680 Fax: 516-773-5479
Address: Fulton/T/V KINGS POINTER US Merchant Marine Academy 300 Steamboat Road Kings Point, NY 11024-1699
Education: B.S. United States Merchant Marine Academy M.E. (Mechanical) Stevens Institute of Technology Mechanical Engineer Stevens Institute of Technology
Licenses: Chief Engineer of Steam, Motor, or Gas Turbine Vessels of any Horsepower Third Mate of any Gross Tonnage Upon Oceans Registered Professional Engineer, State of New Jersey Faculty Links Marine Transportation Marine Engineering Math and Science Humanities Academy Seal US Merchant Marine Academy 300 Steamboat Road Kings Point, NY 11024
Captain Sembler is but one of many qualified and distinguished KP grads who should be considered for the position. I found it highly encouraging that yesterday while speaking at the KPWDC (DC Alumni Group) Luncheon, Acting MARAD Administrator David Matsuda indicated the nationwide search was just beginning and indicated both he and Secretary LaHood would be amenable to having a qualified graduate at the helm if that's what the search results in. He encouraged us to submit identified candidates.
Since my question over at CC is specifically being ignored by the posters in the USMMA thread, I'll ask it here:
Is Admiral Worley's resignation a good thing or a bad thing for KP?
Are the mids/alumni/parents happy he's heading out the door, or are they sad to see the Supe leave after such a short time at his position?
This Alum is very happy about him leaving. He showed up and asked why I was such a problem for him. If that is how he saw Midshipmen, why the hell did he even show up for the job?
The Captain Sembler reference was a joke, but he is not a joke. He would be an interesting superintendent.
Luigi - From my own perspective (parent of 2 boys currently at USMMA), Admiral Worley was always very pleasant on a personal level, but I think overall, he was not a great fit. From the start he was walking into a tough situation. Adm Stewart was well liked by the Mids, as well as parents and alumni. So right off the bat, there was a wariness about Adm Worley. Additionally, I think sometimes Adm Worley contributed to this, intentionally or not. For example, at the Beat Retreat program (which is a very major deal, especially for Band Co), he did not speak at all - no comments, no congratulations to the Band for their hard work/efforts, etc. Ditto on Acceptance Day - he administered the oath to the Plebes, but not a word of encouragement beyond "welcome aboard." I know that many parents were taken aback by the lack of any outward displays of enthusiasm or recognition for how hard the Plebes and Mids actually work.
As far as feelings from the student body, my older son, a 1st Classman, had previously expressed the view that "they are ruining my school." From my conversations with him, it seems a prevalent view that things had become a little too "loose" in several areas where the regiment is concerned, and that this looseness would in the long run be detrimental to the school.
As to the Plebes, I don't think they have been around long enough to really form any objective opinion; all they know is what they have experienced over the last 4-1/2 months.
That said, I repeat what I had previously posted about Adm Worley's departure. I thank him for his service and I do believe he was genuinely interested in improving Kings Point. I wish him and his family well, and I hope that the next Superintendant is a good, long term fit, for the benefit of the Academy and the students.
Luigi, as an involved parent of a 2C, I think it's a good thing. I met Adm. Worley and agree that he had good intentions; I liked him. I just don't think he had the right stuff. My understanding was that he was brought in to clean up "the books", BUT he never connected with the Mids - the number one ingredient of leadership, especially in education.
KP is too valuable an institution to make a quick choice, I hope they think long and hard to make sure the next Supe is the right man.
The next Sup should be an alum
KP has a strong heritage with many highly qualified and respected alumnus that would be more than qualified to take on the role of Superintendent. No longer a fledgling institution, there is no need to look outside the ranks of it's many alums to find an outstanding candidate for the position. Not saying that many of the past Sups that came from outside KP haven't done a good job, but in many ways KP was beginning to look a bit like another Academy. It's encouraging to hear that the powers to be at MARAD have indicated an interest and openness to select a graduate for the position. While the exiting Adm. is a nice guy, he clearly wasn't a good fit. KP is very fortunate to have a second chance to get this right. It's about time the leadership came from within the ranks of the many outstanding KP grads out there. Capt. Sembler's name has been mentioned here but I'm hoping Capt. Hard will throw his hat in the ring.
I Agree The Next Supt Should Be An Alum
However, I would really like to see one of the many grads who are truly acknowledged and accomplished Maritime Industry Luminaries return to the Academy in that position. Further in addition to being an alum, I think the person needs to be someone special, a pr oven leader but one who has and continues to accomplish things through participatory leadership and consensus building. Good intentions and a good CV won't just be enough.
The person coming into the job has to recognize the many stakeholders they need to work with as well as the constraints and changes that are being implemented on campus and in the organization in response to recent and historic issues. For example, RAdmiral Stewart often indicated one of his ongoing challenges and issues was the lack of ready involvement and a sponsor at MARAD. Perhaps somewhat in a case of be careful what you ask for as well as to some degree I'm sure a necessary response to the GAO and DOT IG reviews, the new CFO and head of HR while both being resident on campus will not report to MARAD through the Superintendent. As someone who has worked in private industry in large organizations that's not all that uncommon. However many with military backgrounds might bristle at thee changes. However, I'd point to issues raised years ago with things in the 60's and 70's at the USMMA as detailed in the history of the Academy "In Peace and War" that would have been addressed by such changes even back then.
In other posts I've spoken about the first USMMA grad to be superintendent RADM Thomas A King. Tom King was a 1942 grad who was an acknowledged leader in the industry, was a ship's master before the age of 30 and his job prior to coming to KP was he was a senior member of the MARAD team who understood the rules of running a governmental organization as well as the ins and outs of the Maritime Industry. There are indeed several graduates who readily come to mind, a couple are currently Military Flag rank officers and a couple are industry luminaries. I also think that bringing someone who is not on the current faculty could be a good idea as it will enable the Academy to rebuild and or strengthen it's ties with the industry further.
New Alumni Foundation Chairperson
The Alumni Foundation Chairmanship is a two year appointment. The current Chairperson Ms. Ivy Barton Suter's term ends on 12/31. Today the USMMA Alumni Foundation made the following announcement in their on-line newsletter, if the MARAD Superintendent's search committee can find someone of equal credentials and with the same demonstrated passion for Kings Point I respectfully suggest all stakeholders will be pleased and well served.
HILL NEW ALUMNI FOUNDATION CHAIRMAN
Elected to the Chairmanship of the USMMA Alumni Foundation at its annual meeting in October, Charlie Hill '65 brings a vast maritime, financial and volunteering experience to the Board of Directors. After sailing as a licensed engineer for three years, he earned an MBA from Harvard Business School (1970) and embarked on a career in investment banking. As Managing Director for Bankers Trust Company he became co-head of the Mergers and Acquisition and Private Equity Groups, and is a charter member of the Senior Executive Partnership which included the top 20 bank line officers. In 1990, Hill founded and became President and CEO of Fieldstone, Inc., a private investment banking firm, providing advisory services for capital raising, mergers and acquisitions through a worldwide network of offices. After purchasing the minority equity interest in the company in 1998, he sold the company in 2003 to a South African bank to devote more time to charitable endeavors. Hill became interested in the Kings Point wrestling program in 1996 when his son Morgan entered the Academy. In 2005, he transformed his investment banking skills to wrestling recruiting, helping improve the program to a 16th national ranking in 2008 and 12th in 2009. His ability to "sell" Kings Point went beyond wrestling to other varsity programs and talented scholar-athletes. He has been a major financial donor to the wrestling program resulting in the rehabilitation of the wrestling room and was co-chair in 1998 of fund raising for the new football field. The second floor conference room in the Vickery Gate Admissions Center was named for Hill's father and grandfather. He and his wife, Linda, have four children; Trevor (West Point '97), Morgan (KP '00), Kristen (Skidmore '00 and married to a '98 Kings Pointer) and Browen (Skidmore '03).
Charlie Hill is the epitome of "Acta Non Verba" where the betterment of Kings Point is concerned. He is also an Alumnus who clearly understands the traditions as well as the positive impact KP can and does have on both a graduates life and that those graduates can have on our country. Additionally if you look at his life's experience you can see he is the kind of guy who clearly understands participatory management and leadership, and how you can achieve a consensus and positive results in real world situations where there's lots of different strong willed stake holders to satisfy. Clearly under his leadership our Alumni Foundation will continue to be a great source of support and help to Secretary LaHood; Acting Administrator Matsuda and ultimately the new superintendent in furthering the goal of making the USMMA the World's best Maritime Training Institution and a "jewel among our Nation's Service Academies."
Obviously, I consider this a really good thing!
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