USMMA to host first Advisory Council public meeting


(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. Maritime Administration has announced that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) Advisory Council will conduct its first public meeting on Monday, Aug. 7 at USMMA in Kings Point, N.Y.

The 13 inaugural members — five of whom are USMMA graduates, including one member from the Class of 2022 — are leading experts drawn from academia, the maritime industry and maritime labor, the senior ranks of the U.S. military, and federal entities — including the Coast Guard, Military Sealift Command, Naval War College, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Naval Facilities Engineering Systems Command.

This group also includes expertise in administering institutions of higher learning; sexual assault and sexual harassment prevention and response; infrastructure and facilities management; and diversity, equity and inclusion.

The council will provide independent advice and recommendations on improving the academy, including the areas of curriculum development and training programs; diversity, equity and inclusion; sexual assault prevention and response; infrastructure maintenance and redevelopment; midshipmen health and welfare; governance and administrative policies; and other matters.

As part of this work, the council will develop strategies and recommendations to address the issues identified in the 2021 National Academy of Public Administration’s Comprehensive Assessment of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy report.

The council is established pursuant to 46 U.S.C. § 51323 and operates in accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA). The Federal Register notice for the Aug. 7 meeting can be found here.

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– U.S. Maritime Administration

By Rich Miller