Maine Maritime Academy — President

The Position. Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) invites nominations and applications for the position of President. MMA is a co-educational career-oriented college of engineering, management, science and transportation with 950 undergraduate and graduate students and 300 faculty and staff that is located in the picturesque coastal town of Castine, Maine. It was established by the 90th Maine Legislature in 1941 and is one of six non-federal maritime training colleges in the United States. MMA ranks among the top 10 in the nation for student return on investment and is a highly rated leader in education for maritime and other marine-related fields. MMA is uniquely positioned to prepare students to enter a wide range of sea- and land-based careers in systems engineering, marine engineering, international logistics, marine transportation, power engineering, and ocean science. Depending upon the degree program chosen, students can complete the requirements for four U.S. Coast Guard licenses and two State of Maine licenses. Experiential learning is emphasized, and students benefit from sophisticated laboratories and facilities. The fleet of 60 power, sail and work vessels offer real-world application of the techniques and problem-solving skills learned in the classroom. A new training vessel (expected in 2024) and a newly acquired facility in Bucksport further enhance MMA’s potential.  MMA enjoys strong partnerships with industry and other institutions of higher learning. 

Responsibilities. The President will work collaboratively with stakeholders to imagine the future of maritime education for MMA and steer the institution through anticipated academic and industry paradigm shifts as well as changes in societal and cultural norms.   The new President will provide dynamic leadership, that ensures MMA maintains its reputation as a leader and innovator in modern maritime education; establishing institutional priorities and working to diversify the MMA funding portfolio. The President will build alliances with government, industry, research, academic and alumni partners to develop opportunities that position Maine Maritime Academy at the forefront of maritime learning, training, and infrastructure further enhancing student success and institutional support. 

Qualifications. Candidates must have demonstrated a collaborative leadership style in unifying diverse constituencies around a vision for the institution and show an established track record as a visionary and strategic thinker who understanding both the breadth and dynamic nature of the maritime sector. Candidates should have an entrepreneurial approach to growing internal and external opportunities and relationships that will enhance institutional position and resources through government, industry, research, and academic partnerships. Candidates should be able to navigate complex relationships at federal and state levels and connect with leadership in the maritime industry.  Experience in resource development and a willingness to enthusiastically advance fundraising goals is essential. The successful candidate will have a doctorate or appropriate terminal degree from an accredited institution or similar and significant, high-level experience in industry, military, or the government.

The Application Process. The Search Committee for MMA President will begin reviewing applications in late September and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applicant materials should be received by September 26,2021. The expected start date is May 1, 2022.  Candidates should provide: 1) a letter of interest stating how the candidate’s experiences and qualifications connect with the required/preferred characteristics and priorities expressed in the position profile; 2) a curriculum vitae; and 3) five professional references with e-mails, telephone numbers, and a description of the candidate’s professional relationship with each reference listed (references will not be contacted without prior written authorization from the applicant). Applications and nominations should be sent electronically (PDF or MS Word) to: MMAPresident@agbsearch.com. 

The search is being assisted by:  Dr. Nancy M. Targett, Executive Search Consultant, nancy.targett@agbsearch.com 302.233.5202, and Dr. Concetta M. Stewart, Principal, Executive Search Consultant concetta.stewart@agbsearch.com 908.341.2178.

Maine Maritime Academy is an equal opportunity employer. The Academy complies with federal and/or state law that prohibit unlawful discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender identity and/or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, marital status, disability, age, genetic information or veteran status. The Academy provides reasonable accommodation to qualified individuals upon request. Women, minorities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

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