Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by AMF, May 31, 2013.
Anyone have opinions on the Advisory Board just appointed by Lahood? Do other SAs have such boards?
Your only KPer the most maritime person is an 06 grad who is a Coastie??? Where is the "current maritime industry needs and trends" .... that about sums it up.
Dr. Sharon van Wyk, executive vice president and chief operations officer, American Public University System;
Dr. Kathy Humphrey, vice provost and dean of students, University of Pittsburgh;
Dr. Laurie Leshin, dean of the School of Science, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute;
Marty Linsky, J.D., faculty, Harvard Kennedy School and Co-Founder, Cambridge Leadership Associates;
Lt. Manuel Maddox, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Class of 2006; Bill Pennella, vice chairman of the board and executive vice president, Crowley Maritime Corporation;
Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrigue, professor, Department of Global Studies and Geography, Hofstra University.
There does not appear to be too many that can advise accurately with regard to what would be required for the US Flag maritime industry, or what passes for one these days.
We can form a better advisory board with just the regulars from these Forums.
It's a shame that Sec. La Hood couldn't nominate someone like Captain Art Sulzer PhD and a graduate how is or was sailing who holds either a Master's Oceans License or Chief Engineer Unlimited Horsepower License.
Form an Advisory Board to advise the Advisory Board.
Well let's see how they did and how this relates to the words in the announcement:
Dr. Sharon van Wyke - from here bio on line at apus.edu:
I'd say she meets the criteria with high marks especially in "organizational, and institutional best practices."
Dr. Kathy Humphrey - from her bio at pitt.edu:
Gotta say there's multiple, definate thick check marks on numerous "boxes" there and likely a great perspective on how to help improve numerous aspects of both midshipmen and faculty professional life on that one.
Dr. Laurie Leshin -
... oh heck just google her - former Deputy Associate Administrator for NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate where she played a leading role NASA's future human spaceflight endeavors; She has published over 40 scientific papers. She received her B.S. in Chemistry from Arizona State University, and her Ph. D. in Geochemistry in 1994 from California Institute of Technology. ... In 2013, President Obama appointed Leshin to the Advisory Board of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. In 2004, Dr. Leshin served on President Bush’s Commission on Implementation of United States Space Exploration Policy, a nine-member commission charged with advising the President on the execution of his new Vision Space Exploration. She received the NASA Distinguished Public Service Medal in 2004 for this work, and the Outstanding Leadership Medal in 2011 for her work at NASA. The International Astronomical Union recognized her contributions to planetary science with the naming of asteroid 4922 Leshin. .. you could write 30 pages on ths woman and not run out of reasons why she is a great add to this group - total SLAM Dunk ---
Marty Linsky, J.D., -from his bio at harvard.edu:
Looks like another solid pick, especially if you like Massachusetts Brahmins and what higher education review body here in the US doesn't?
Bill Pennella - from his bio at crowley.com:
Hard to argue with a former Admiral of the Ocean Seas award winner and accomplished EVP of one of the larger US Flag Carriers. However, it's worth noting there are numerous similar folks both at Crowley as well as other US Flag Carriers who are also graduates of Maritime Academies (both USMMA as well as the other respected State Maritime Academies) leaving one to wonder if that might be a disqualifier as over the past 9 months one can only conclude there is a purge of those folks from the USMMA leadership based on all recent personnel actions of consequence at senior levels.
Dr. Jean-Paul Rodrique: from his bio at Hofstra.edu:
Another slam dunk ... just google the guy or even better his publications - hopefully he will have more success and impact relative to his comments about infusing technology and updating the content inside the syllabi of the numerous courses, especially the Logisics and Intermodal Transportation curricula at USMMA then some of we graduates out here in industry have had of late.
Lt. Manuel Maddox - looking at his profile on LinkedIn and accepting the criteria of "must include one graduate from the academy within the past six to 10 years" certainly meets the criteria an is a good pick in my view too.
I hope the board is effective and their advice and consul sought and heeded on many of the issues they should bring an informed, interesting breath of new perspective to the ongoing discussions. I won't lie I continue to have concern that neither the current leadership at USMMA nor this board has even one individual who brings both historical perspective as a graduate, and is accomplished succeeding as one in the Maritime Industry. As was noted on other threads, and is an opinion I strongly share, USMMA and the Maritime Industry has a culture and perspective that it's virtually impossible to understand if you haven't lived within it and sailed on your lisence in the US Maritime Industry. Why Secratary LaHood, MARAD, and apparently as well RADM Hellis USMS, RDML Dunlap USMS; and Capt Kennedy USMS seem to fear having even a single accomplished, older widely respected USMMA graduate in the mix of these types of things is perplexing to me. I certainly understand some of the history as to where such fears are rooted, but I also know many, many fellow graduates who in their day to day life clearly understand how to respectfully collaborate with other members of similar organizations, etc. such as oards of Directors of their corporations, etc. or Governmental Bodies (recalling that three graduates are former MARAD Administrators who had management and oversight responsibility for USMMA, etc.)
That said in response to the OP's original question, I don't think there is a similar board at the other Federal SA's but they have vibrant, well functioning and supported Congressional Boards of VIsitors and the other Sate Maritime Academies and Universities, in many cases have similar groups and advisory boards and regular interaction with their oversight/managment bodies such as the NY State Bord of Regents and also have active outreach programs to and regular structured interaction with Maritime Industry leaders, something that MARAD has had many cncerns and issues with.
Kings Point would have been better served by people like
1. Captain Art Sulzer Ph.d
2. Rear Admiral David Titley USN (ret) Former Navigator of the Navy
3. Dr. William J. Brennan Former NOAA Administrator, President of Maine Maritime Academy
4. Richard P. Neilson, .
Dean of Webb Institute and Professor of Naval Architecture
5. Robert C. Olsen Jr., RADM. USCG (Ret) President Web Institute
6. A recent grad with commercial and shore side experience, preferably someone who sailed chief mate or first assistant engineer and is working as either a port captain or port engineer.
We can agree to disagree on this subject, but my feelings are that if Kings Point is going to be the premier Maritime Institution then it better start acting like it.
No real argumen that there migt have been a different, better way to go with the advisory board but, respectfully what I am saying is this is somewhat a case of be careful what we asked for - you might recall and CHarlie Hill himself pointed out in his most recent message in the most recent Kings Pointer (forgive me for taking this out of context but Chairman Hill's message is over four pages long in the last issue of the Kings Pointer). In the current issue on the topic of "Reporting Structure" AAF Chairman Hill writes:
First let me say, with my parent of a recent graduate hat on, vice my alumni hat, I agree wholeheartedly with what Chairmen Hill wrote in the summer of 2011 and reiterated in this last issue on this topic. Further to the extent readily possible and navigating within and between the various issues and recommendations of the GAO reports and the Federal CFRs that are applicable, I think what has been done with regard to the Advisory Board appointented by Secratary LaHood does that. Further the board consists of 7 people six of whom are distinguished and clearly qualified, one of whom, it appears is to bring the view and understanding of a recent graduate and frankly my understanding does that ad is a very accomplished young man (Maddox). Three of the seven clearly have experience and solid credentials running institutions of higher learning: van Wyke, Humphrey and Linsky. Two others come from higher learning with impecable credntials related to higher learning in a) Engineering and Science (Leshin) and b) Logistics and Transportion (Rodrique). Add to that the current Marine Engineering Department staff, the Dean, and the Marine Transportation Department are indeed staffed with professionals who clearly understand the current IMO and other Academic Quafication/Review Board requirements (at least ostensibly) so it would likely be assumed the goal for Leshin and Rorique would be to bring a perspective and outside view they don't already have. Further number 7 is Bill Pennella, an EVP at Crowley the 2010 AOTOS award winner.
All in all of recent decisions and appointments I think these are as a dual hatted stakeholder, who agreed with what Chairmen Hill wrote, including the italisiced emphasis I added, the appointed board does indeed meet both the criteria Hill suggessted and the Secratary put in place. Two minor beefs and given we (the USMMAAAF) recently made Pennella's boss one of a rare few, honorary alumni, you have to consider them minor beefs, with the two appointees who are NOT from higher education - 1) the recent graduate is from the minority (25-33%) who go active duty vice into the Commercial Maritime Industry, though one could argue USCG MSO is part of the industry so again a minor beef; and 2) as I stated earlier the Industry Representative is not either a State Maritime Academy or USMMA graduate and that would provide a perspective I think would be useful in any review tasks required of the Board.
As you say we can agree to disagree with what a goodf composition of the board and selection criteria would be, personally in this case I think I am agreeing with AAF Chairman Hill and SECTRANS LaHood as to the criteria and majority of the make-up. Further I'm saying using that criteria this looks like a reasonable board who can help move the discourse and institution forward, provided their input is truly sought on many matters and their consensus, collective advice and counsel heeded when provided. And again that's justa personal opinion and we all know what they are worth.
In closing GOOD LUCK ON YOU LISENCE REULTS TODAY 2013!!!
Thanks Jdog and Tcaptain, I feel smarter just for reading all that.
I was afraid this was another "grab your pointy implements" topic. The abbreviated bio.s of those those selected makes me think of a superhero movie with a round table of wise elders in consult. I sure hope that turns out to be the case. Thank you for taking the time to post a summary of the appointees credentials.
How long would a newly appointed board take to start influencing and change KP for the better? Do they meet regualrly? Do they submit oppinion remotly and independant of the others? Are they asked about topics from the Supt. only? Are their topics of discussion and change already in the works? Is there a framework they will be following? And if so, on whose directive? Will their advisory findings be public knowledge or on for counsel of the Supt. Only and dies he have the privledge of accepting, declining or waiting on a topic? Does the administration in Washington have sway of the panel? Many questions but maybe I should read the original press release again as I have a feeling much of this was already covered.
DS is a 15 and I hope he will benefit in the short two years he has left.
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