Trump names USMMA grad to lead MarAd


(WASHINGTON) — President Trump has nominated retired Navy Rear Adm. Mark Buzby, a 1979 alumni of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), as the next leader of the U.S. Maritime Administration (MarAd), Newsday reported.

Buzby, 60, whose appointment must be confirmed by the Senate, would hold the title of administrator of the agency. He will succeed Paul “Chip” Jaenichen, who left the post in January with the change in presidential administrations. Joel Szabat, the agency’s executive director, has been serving as interim MarAd leader.

Buzby, who retired from the Navy in August 2013, is a former commander of the Military Sealift Command and has held key posts in the Navy staff, Joint Staff and several fleet staffs. He serves as president and chief executive of the National Defense Transportation Association and sits on the boards of several corporations whose work is related to the maritime industry. In 2013, he was appointed to Carnival Cruise Lines’ Safety & Reliability Review Board. He has received the Navy Distinguished Service Medal and Bronze Star.

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By Professional Mariner Staff