About the Plan
In August 2012, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Superintendent James Helis today issued the Academy's "Strategic Plan 2012-2017" in a message to Academy midshipmen, faculty, and staff. Superintendent Helis emphasized that it is an Academy priority to move forward immediately on the recommendations of the Strategic Plan.
"The Strategic Plan provides us with a sound, clear vision for the Academy's future, but the most critical work – of turning this overall strategy into specific actions – is yet to be done," Admiral Helis said.
The Strategic Plan sets forth directives regarding:
- Cutting-Edge Programs
- Sound Leadership
- Dynamic Campus Culture
- First-Class Infrastructure
- Meaningful Communication and Partnerships
As an early step to develop an aggressive implementation plan for the strategy, Admiral Helis met with the USMMA Strategic Plan Steering Committee last Wednesday to begin developing short and long-term priorities for implementation. The Superintendent will meet with midshipmen, faculty, and staff in the near future to begin receiving additional ideas on ways to move the strategy forward. Each midshipman, faculty and staff member was issued a copy of the Strategic Plan.
Admiral Helis further stated, "The mission to educate and graduate licensed merchant mariners and leaders of exemplary character does not end with the Strategic Plan. It is the spring board to building a stronger and better educational, campus and maritime training experience for these talented students."