FEBRUARY 4, 2013 — Dr. Arthur H. Sulzer, Captain USN (Ret), who many in the marine industry see as being eminently qualified to be the U.S. Maritime Administrator, has been sworn in by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. Not for the Marad job, but as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation.
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood, Dr. Arthur H. Sulzer; Elizabeth Gallagher wife of Dr. Sulzer
Dr. Sulzer is President of Arthur H. Sulzer Associates, Inc., a family business that charters barges and performs surveying and marine consulting in the Port of Philadelphia.
From 1974 to 2005, he served in the United States Navy. His active duty assignments included Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, where he commanded the U.S. Naval Ship Comet.
In 2003, Dr. Sulzer joined several colleagues from Philadelphia to open Maritime Academy Charter High School. He was the Manager of Industrial Relations for Keystone Shipping Company from 1996 to 2003, and was Vice President of Operations for the Sea Line Company from 1987 to 1988.
Dr. Sulzer has taught at various institutions over the last 30 years including Great Lakes Maritime Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and New York Maritime College.
He is a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Ships Master and Third Assistant Engineer with extensive commercial sailing experience.
Dr. Sulzer earned a B.S. in Marine Transportation and an M.S. in Transportation Management & Maintenance from the State University of New York Maritime College. He received an M.B.A. in Finance from Hofstra University and Ed D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Sulzer was nominated by President Obama in July, 2012 to a 5 year position on the Saint Lawrence Seaway Advisory Board. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in in January 2013.
Dr. Sulzer is a local resident of Glen Mills Pa. He is the first resident of the State of Pennsylvania to be appointed to the St. Lawrence Seaway Board since 1958. He is a member of the Maritime Exchange since 1974. Dr. Sulzer is a Board member of the Ports of Philadelphia Maritime Society, Maritime Industry Museum at Ft. Schuyler, National Sea Scout Committee, Maritime Academy Charter School and local chapter president of the Fort Schuyler Maritime Alumni Association.
He is married to Elisabeth Gallagher, a former marine insurance executive and now an elementary school teacher.