GLMA looking for new super

"Dear Cadets,

As you know, Admiral John Tanner, our academy superintendent, is leaving the college on June 30, 2010. He has shared that you are interested in knowing the process in replacing the superintendent.

We have first reviewed the superintendent job description and researched superintendent descriptions at the other academies as we prepare to post the position. We expect that description to be completed in the next two weeks.

We will conduct a national search for the superintendent position this spring. We will post the position at the other five state maritime academies, the United States Navy and United States Coast Guard, and in higher education and maritime publications. We will share the posting with the Great Lakes Maritime Industry and the Academy Alumni Society.

Our process includes selecting a maximum of ten or twelve candidates for phone interviews. These interviews lead to bringing four to six candidates on campus for face-to-face interviews. These on-campus interviews include public forums where faculty, staff, and students along with interested members of the public attend presentations by the candidates and ask the candidates questions.

A list of up to three candidate finalists are submitted to the president who makes the final selection.

If you have any further questions about the process or would like to share with me the characteristics that you would like to see in the future superintendent of our academy, please email me.

Thank you for your interest.

Timothy J. Nelson, President
Northwestern Michigan College
1701 E. Front Street
Traverse City, MI 49686

So is Kings Point (USMMA):

The current superintendent did an excellent job building the program… we’re hoping that the school admin hires someone who can fill his shoes and continue to build the program…
Unfortunately GLMA isnt exactly loved by the college, at least in action… the popular thought is that they’ll hire someone to tow the college line rather than act as advocate to the academy…
The lake pilot program is stout, hopefully the new Admiral will bring another vein that will help grow and diversify the current professional outcome(s)…
I think someone with a strong ocean or workboat background would greatly benefit the student body… Some retired Navy admiral or captain with an aviation background will just mean we’ll have to have shinier shoes down the line. Even a SWO wont bring the civilian background that is vital to building contacts…
So hopefully it’ll all work out, but I for one have an inherent distrust of politico administrators with a background of (IMHO) poor decision making.
I’m in my last semester of classes(just sailing and prep to go), but I still would like to see the academy maintain…