Head of academy reflects on turbulent 4 years


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Retiring superintendent defends handling of Owens case

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Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt took the job as Naval Academy superintendent on Aug. 4, 2003, amid controversy after the previous superintendent was forced to resign for engaging in an altercation with a Marine guard.

A month later, Tropical Storm Isabel flooded classrooms and laboratories, and inflicted $105 million damage on the 338-acre campus....

Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt is retiring after 41 years as a commissioned officer.
Rempt's legacy is reform

Naval Academy superintendent leaves a changed institution and some critics [/i]

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To some, he has achieved the impossible in a four-year tenure: taking an institution with a lingering hostility to women and moving it with missionary zeal to the forefront of higher education, with far-reaching training and enforcement policies on alcohol abuse and sexual assault.

Others see a crusade run amok: a thin-skinned commander who, desperate to appease outsiders, brought flimsy cases to trial and made puzzling disciplinary decisions that favored women over men....
Outgoing head led culture change at academy


Retiring Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Rodney Rempt said Friday he hopes the academy community has a better understanding about “culture change that is ongoing in gender relations” in the wake of high-profile sexual misconduct cases in the past year.

Rempt, who is being succeeded by Vice Adm. Jeffrey Fowler, was commended at a change of command ceremony for his efforts to improve academy culture, cracking down on alcohol abuse and working to raise awareness about sexual misconduct at the 162-year-old service academy....
Naval Academy Gets New Leader

Superintendent Leaves Legacy Of Tough Policies


Almost everything about U.S. Naval Academy superintendent Rodney P. Rempt evoked passionate debate -- from his policies to discourage sexual harassment, to more benign subjects, such as the way he zipped around the Annapolis campus in a golf cart outfitted with tiny flags and emblazed with his title, "Supe."

Critics and supporters agree that Vice Adm. Rempt, who stepped down yesterday, will be remembered for his aggressive crackdown on sexual misconduct, alcohol abuse and honor violations by midshipmen....


Rempt, left, shakes hands with the incoming superintendent, Rear Adm. Jeffrey L. Fowler, watched by Adm. Michael Mullen, chief of naval operations.


Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt is saluted as he steps down from his position as superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy at a change-of-command ceremony in Annapolis.