Press Releases

Maine Maritime Academy Announces $50,000 Grant from L.L.Bean in Support of the Schooner Bowdoin’s 2024 Voyage to the Arctic

Posted on: May 28, 2024

BOOTHBAY HARBOR, Maine, Tuesday, May 28, 2024 —Today, Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), one of the United States’ foremost maritime colleges offering degrees in engineering, science, management, and transportation, announced a $50,000 grant from L.L.Bean in support of the schooner Bowdoin’s return voyage to the Arctic for the first time since 2008. Read More…

Craig Johnson

MMA Announces the Appointment of an Interim President

Posted on: May 22, 2024

On Tuesday, May 21, MMA President Jerry Paul announced his intent to retire this summer due to extenuating family circumstances. The MMA Board of Trustees assembled a special meeting today to finalize a transition plan for presidential leadership at the Academy.

In a message to the community, Board Chair Wayne Norton said, “Through many of Paul’s initiatives, hard work, and vision, he has been a catalyst for a new trajectory at the Academy. President Paul leaves behind a strong foundation poised for continued growth born of the hard work of our faculty, staff, and Academy leadership team.

Under his watch, MMA has reinstated MMA Football, established the MMA Foundation, reached new records for state and federal funding, prepared for the arrival of a new training ship and pier renovations to accompany it. New strategies in Advancement, Enrollment and communications have reaped solid results, and MMA’s profile throughout the state and abroad is strengthening.  The Academy’s profile on the water through the return of the schooner Bowdoin to the Arctic after 16 years and the return of a nationally competitive sailing team are commendable. While I cannot list the full breadth and depth of his accomplishments, I assure you, they are felt in programs across the campus.”

President Paul wrote in his letter to the Board, “Even more importantly [than our successes], I am pleased to have assembled a strong and capable Administration Vice Presidential team that is performing at high levels of management and leadership.  Together we have plotted a path forward that will be measured on delivering the best possible experience and outcomes for our students so that they may continue to lead in our industry for generations to come. This team of professionals has a shared vision for our Academy and its future.”

Following the special meeting of the board on May 22nd, Chairman Norton announced that the Board had unanimously supported the appointment of Craig Johnson ’91 as Interim President of Maine Maritime Academy effective June 2nd, 2024. Mr. Johnson has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Maine Maritime Academy since August of 2022. In this capacity, he has been integral in all Academy operations from the oversight of our multi-million-dollar construction initiatives to initiating and growing our strategic partnerships to produce additional relationships in the maritime industry and revenue streams. During his tenure, he has served as the temporary overseer of our financial, operational, and facilities operations, as well as Advancement and Alumni affairs.

As an alumnus, his connections within the Academy community are deep and meaningful. As someone who has served in the maritime industry for over three decades, his industry relationships are equally as strong. Mr. Johnson has the respect of those from all corners of our campus and will deliver continuity. We are pleased that he has accepted this appointment.

TSSOM 2024 Castine Departure

Maine Maritime Academy Training Ship State of Maine Makes Final Departure from Castine Harbor

Posted on: May 8, 2024

Town joins Academy in formal sendoff; Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) to conduct research on transatlantic crossing.

CASTINE, Maine, Wednesday, May 8, 2024 —Today, Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), one of the United States’ foremost maritime universities offering degrees in engineering, science, management, and transportation began their annual training voyage on the training ship STATE OF MAINE. Students, officers, and crew departed Castine’s waterfront at 1130 for foreign and domestic ports of call. Read More…

Maine Maritime Academy’s 81st Commencement to be held with Senator Angus S. King Jr. Offering Remarks

Posted on: May 2, 2024

CASTINE, Maine, May 2, 2024— Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), one of the United States’ foremost maritime universities offering degrees in engineering, science, management, and transportation, will hold its 81st Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May, 4 at 11:30 a.m. Senator Angus S. King Jr. (ME-I) will deliver the Commencement address.Read More…

Wave Energy Converter

Oscilla Power Successfully Launches Demonstration Scale Triton Wave Energy Converter on Maine Coast

Posted on: December 5, 2023

CASTINE, Maine – Wave energy technology developer Oscilla Power, the University of Maine’s Advanced Structures & Composites Center (ASCC) and the Maine Maritime Academy successfully deployed a 1/6 scale prototype of Oscilla’s 1 MW Triton™ wave energy converter (WEC) in Castine Harbor.Read More…

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MMA Students and Faculty Participate in Keel Laying Ceremony for New Training Ship State of Maine

Posted on: May 19, 2023

PHILADELPHIA, PA – Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), one of the United States’ foremost maritime universities offering degrees in engineering, science, management, and transportation, this week celebrated the first significant milestone in the life of the ship that will ultimately become the Academy’s new training vessel.Read More…

Climate Symposium - March 27, 2023

Maine Maritime Academy to Host Second Annual Climate Symposium on March 27

Posted on: March 21, 2023

Participants to Include Senator Angus King (ME) and leaders in the Maritime Industry

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy (MMA) one of the United States’ foremost maritime universities offering degrees in engineering, science, management, and transportation will host the second annual Maritime Academy Climate Symposium (MACS) on March 27, 2023 from 3-6pm. This year’s theme is Decarbonizing the Maritime Industry – Future Challenges & Opportunities.Read More…

Football program

Maine Maritime Academy to Reinstate Football Program

Posted on: January 9, 2023

CASTINE, Maine – Maine Maritime Academy reinstated its NCAA Division III Football Program with varsity competition set to begin in 2025. The decision was announced by Maine Maritime President Jerry Paul ’89 on Monday. The Academy also announced that it will compete in the Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) beginning in 2025.Read More…

Susan Collins and Jerry Paul

Senator Collins Meets with MMA President Jerry Paul

Posted on: October 31, 2022

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senator Susan Collins, the Ranking Member of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, met with the President of Maine Maritime Academy (MMA), Jerry Paul, in her Washington, D.C., office.Read More…

Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro

Pulitzer-Nominated Naval and Maritime Historian to Speak at Maine Maritime Academy

Posted on: October 28, 2022

Castine, ME – On Thursday, November 3, 2022, Dr. Larrie D. Ferreiro, Professor of History and Engineering at George Mason University, will be presenting “The Search for Speed Under Power, 1800 until Today” at Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, ME, sponsored by the Harold Alfond School of Engineering. This keynote address will headline the New England Chapter of the 2022 Society of Naval Architects and Naval Engineers (SNAME) conference.Read More…