LaHood reassigns Kings Point Superintendent to Defense U.

admgreeneAfter little more than a year in the job, Rear Admiral Philip H. Greene, Jr. is leaving his position as Superintendent, United States Merchant Marine Academy, Kings Point, N.Y. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood has appointed him to be the Department of Transportation Chair at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C.

Prior to taking the Kings Point assignment on August 30, 2010, Admiral King had been Director, Navy Irregular Warfare.

A native of Southern California, Admiral Greene, was the third Kings Point Graduate to serve as Superintendent and had evidently earned the respect of his fellow alumni during his brief spell as superintendent . He has been named the 2011 Alumnus of the Year by the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation. This prestigious annual award will be presented at the Homecoming Alumni Awards Dinner on Thursday evening, October 13, in the Melville Hall Officers' Club.

"On behalf of the entire KP Alumni, we thank RADM Greene for his extraordinary efforts, dedication and leadership provided under very challenging circumstances," says a posting on the website of the USMMA Alumni Association & Foundation, Inc. "We also thank Admiral Greene's wife, Debby Greene, for her grace and dignity, and the valued work and contributions made to the academy. "

In a later posting, alumni association president Capt. James F. Tobin writes:

"I want to make it very clear that this is not a positive situation. The Superintendent has been 'reassigned.' This is not Admiral Greene's decision. The Dean is now the Interim Superintendent."

October 12, 2011

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