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November 14, 2009

Brennan to be next Maine Maritime president

Dr. William J. Brennan of Falmouth, Maine, has been selected to be the next president of Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine. He is expected to take office sometime in May 2010.

Dr. Brennan was selected from a candidate pool of more than 50 applicants. The Academy's Board of Trustees invited Brennan and fellow presidential candidate, Jeffrey W. Monroe, to meet with them last week for final interviews. The two finalists had also visited the campus earlier this fall and participated in forums with various constituent groups.

Dr. Brennan, who was raised in Castine, has served as the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, as Administrator of the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and as Commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, a cabinet-level state agency. In addition, Brennan served for several years as the Director of the U. S. Climate Change Science Program, managing the government-supported research of 13 federal agencies and White House Offices.

Dr. Brennan's maritime career began at sea in the merchant marine, working in both the deck and engine departments, and as a fisherman in Maine's commercial fisheries.

He holds a Ph.D. degree in Ecology and Environmental Sciences from the University of Maine, an M.A. degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Rhode Island, and a B.S. degree in Marine Biology from the University of Maine. He also has an honorary Doctor of Science degree from the University of Rhode Island. He is a Senior Fellow at the University of Massachusetts/Boston McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies, a Senior Scholar at the University of Maine School of Law, and a Presidential Professor of Environmental Policy with joint appointment at the University of Maine's School of Marine Sciences and the Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center. He has served as the Sawyer Professor of Ocean Studies at Maine Maritime Academy.

"Dr. Brennan's professional commitment to national oversight and policy to protect, advance, and maximize the world's oceans is evident and impressive," said Victoria Larson, Chair of the Board of Trustees. "We are fortunate that his enthusiasm for the sea and its creatures has translated into a career of service and an interest in furthering that service through Maine Maritime Academy. His in-depth understanding of marine environmentalism, international maritime based trade and commerce, and commercial fisheries provides a strong platform for leadership. Dr. Brennan has demonstrated an ability to engage and inspire our students, faculty, and staff."


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