KINGS POINT, N.Y., July 18, 2018 – Today, the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) at Kings Point issued its new strategic plan. The plan, entitled, The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Strategic Plan 2018-2023: Navigating Towards the Future Together, was 18 months in the making and provides guidance and direction for the near-term future of the Academy.
“The level of research and inclusion during the development process for the strategic plan was unparalleled at the Academy,” said Rear Admirals Mark L. Buzby and James A. Helis, DoT maritime administrator and Academy superintendent, respectively. “The resulting product is a collection of hundreds of relevant data points from summits, interviews, surveys and sensing sessions, all captured comprehensively in the plan.”
The strategic planning team was made up of members of industry, alumni, faculty, staff, parents, and Midshipmen, all of whom were charged with ensuring that the project’s transformational goals were set and met, and with identifying and engaging key stakeholders who had a vested interest in the outcome of the process.
“The resulting plan is, in its truest sense, an Academy plan produced by the Merchant Marine Academy community and family, focused on effectively and efficiently operating the Academy over the course of the next five years,” said Helis.
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