Worley takes command as head of Merchant Marine Academy

The following is the text of a press release issued by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy:
(KINGS POINT, N.Y.) — Rear Admiral Allen B. Worley, a former U.S. Navy officer who most recently headed a maritime college in Texas, today assumed command of
the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) as the federal maritime
school’s tenth superintendent.

The official orders appointing Worley to his new post were read at an
Assumption of Command ceremony at the Academy in the presence of the
entire Regiment of Midshipmen, its faculty and staff.

Among the officials at the event was Maritime Administrator Sean
Connaughton of the U.S. Department of Transportation, which operates the
USMMA in Kings Point, NY.

“Rear Admiral Worley and his wife, Margena, are welcome additions to
the Kings Point family,” said Connaughton, a 1983 graduate of the
school. “His leadership and vision displayed throughout his career as a
public servant will ensure that the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy
continues to be the premier merchant marine officer training program in
the world.”

Worley, a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served in various
aviation, seagoing and shoreside billets during a distinguished career
in the U.S. Navy. In recent years he has served as Superintendent of the
Texas Maritime Academy in Galveston.

“I am looking forward to joining the team of professional faculty and
staff of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in continuing to train the
future leaders of the global maritime community,” said Worley. “I
consider this a great honor and the highest responsibility of my career
to provide the leadership of this important national asset.”

The USMMA Superintendent is responsible for the development of
scholastic standards which encourage the intellectual, professional
growth and physical well-being of Academy midshipmen and the effective
and economical operation of the facilities there.

Worley succeeds Vice Admiral Joseph D. Stewart, who retired in
September after 10 years at the Academy’s helm.

By Professional Mariner Staff