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Wednesday, October 17, 2018

USMMA Outlines Top Priorities in New Strategic Plan

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August 7, 2018

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Today, the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point issued its new strategic plan providing guidance and direction for the near-term future of the Academy.

The plan, entitled The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Strategic Plan 2018-2023: Navigating Towards the Future Together, describes strategic priorities that will guide the institution for the next five years and beyond, including enriching educational programs; improving institutional culture; infrastructure planning, management and utilization; goals for governance, leadership and administration; enhancing the Academy’s communications and relationships; and emphasizing the role of athletics.

“The level of research and inclusion during the development process for the strategic plan was unparalleled at the Academy,” said Rear Admirals Mark L. Buzby and James A. Helis, DoT maritime administrator and Academy superintendent, respectively. “The resulting product is a collection of hundreds of relevant data points from summits, interviews, surveys and sensing sessions, all captured comprehensively in the plan.”

The strategic plan was 18 months in the making and was created by a team made up of members of industry, alumni, faculty, staff, parents and Midshipmen, all of whom were charged with ensuring that the project’s transformational goals were set and met, and with identifying and engaging key stakeholders who had a vested interest in the outcome of the process.

“The resulting plan is, in its truest sense, an Academy plan produced by the Merchant Marine Academy community and family, focused on effectively and efficiently operating the Academy over the course of the next five years,” said Helis.

Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby said, “The Academy’s strategic plan was developed from the deck plates up; a truly collaborative process. All Kings Point stakeholders – Midshipmen, faculty, staff, alumni, parents, and the maritime industry we serve - had a voice and lent a hand in its development and refinement.   This plan is well focused on the priorities needed to ensure the Academy continues to execute its mission: to produce outstanding future leaders for our maritime industry and uniformed services afloat and ashore.”

See the full plan here.

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