The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at , is operated by the U.S. Department of Transportation's Maritime Administration. The superintendent of the academy is responsible for the development of scholastic standards which encourage the intellectual, professional growth and physical well-being of midshipmen and effective and economical operation of the Academy facilities. The position reports to the Maritime Administrator, and is often an influential position in the maritime industry worldwide.
Worley is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds advanced degrees from and the . During his tenure in the Navy, he served in various aviation and surface billets in both training and combat roles such as Squadron Commander and culminating with the position of Navy Base Commander in Diego Garcia.
Worley also held various staff roles throughout the Navy and served as Deputy Director for Programming on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations. He also served as Professor of Naval Science and Commanding Officer of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at the .