MMA selects new president

Posted Nov. 13, 2009, at 7:43 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:53 a.m.
President-select of MMA William Brennan
President-select of MMA William Brennan

CASTINE, Maine — Maine Maritime Academy on Friday announced it has selected a Falmouth man to become the school’s next president.

Dr. William J. Brennan, who grew up in Castine, is expected to begin his new duties in May 2010, the school indicated in a prepared statement.

Brennan’s work experience includes assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Commerce, head of the federal National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources. He also is a former director of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program and holds advanced degrees from University of Maine and University of Rhode Island.

“Dr. Brennan’s professional commitment to national oversight and policy to protect, advance and maximize the world’s oceans is evident and impressive,” the chairman of MMA’s board of trustees, Victoria Larson, indicated in the statement. “His in-depth understanding of marine environmentalism, international maritime based trade and commerce, and commercial fisheries provides a strong platform for leadership.”

Brennan and another candidate for the job, Jeffrey W. Monroe, met with the school’s search team for their final interviews earlier this week. They were the finalists from a pool of more than 50 applicants who responded to the nationwide search. Brennan began his maritime career in the Merchant Marine and as a commercial fisherman.

“I am humbled to be selected to lead the Maine Maritime Academy at this time in its proud history,” Brennan said in the statement. “And I am thrilled to move back to the town of Castine and to once again become a member of the community where I grew up.”

Brennan will replace outgoing MMA President Leonard H. Tyler, who has served in that capacity since 1995. Brennan will be the 14th person to lead MMA.

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