CASTINE, Maine — Leonard H. Tyler, president of Maine Maritime Academy, announced Friday that he plans to retire from the top leadership post at the college.
Tyler formally notified the board of trustees at its regular quarterly meeting Friday morning, according to an MMA press release.
He thanked the board for its ongoing support of his presidency and indicated that he would remain in the post until August 2010. Tyler said his formal announcement came well in advance of his actual retirement to provide the board with ample time to conduct an executive search.
Gov. John Baldacci in a press release issued Friday praised Tyler’s work at MMA.
“Leonard Tyler has been a tremendous advocate and champion for Maine Maritime Academy,” the governor said. “Through his four decades of service to the college, he has demonstrated a deep commitment to the school’s students, faculty, staff and community. His dedication to Maine Maritime Academy has created an enduring legacy. I appreciate his service and look forward to working with him during this transition over the next year and a half.”
Tyler has been president of the Castine-based maritime college since March 1995. He holds the second-longest tenure as president in the college’s history, behind the 20-year presidency of Rear Adm. Edward A. Rodgers who served from 1964 to 1984.
Tyler’s administration has been highlighted by the acquisition of a state-of-the-art training ship, record enrollment and the completion of a $22 million capital campaign, the most extensive ever conducted by a maritime college, according to the press release.
Tyler, a veteran of the MMA faculty and administration, joined MMA in July 1969 as an assistant professor of health and physical education and assistant football coach. He also served as the college’s dean of admissions, director of financial aid, assistant director of the Center for Advanced Maritime Studies, and director of conferences and institutes.
Tyler also served on a number of maritime industry boards throughout his presidency, including as a member of the American Bureau of Shipping board of directors since 2006 and of the ABS council. ABS is an international classification society devoted to promoting the security of life, property and the marine environment through the development and verification of standards for the design, construction and operational maintenance of marine-related facilities.
Tyler was a founding officer of the International Association of Maritime Universities and served as chairman of the group, completing his obligation in 2007.
A native of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., Tyler earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ithaca College in New York and is a graduate of the Colby College Management Institute.
He is a former founder and president of the Downeast College Consortium, and is an incorporator of the Bangor Savings Bank in Bangor and a former trustee of Blue Hill Memorial Hospital in Blue Hill.