Over its 84-year history, California Maritime Academy has had only thirteen presidents. On Friday, October 11, 2013, the Academy will celebrate the installation of its 14th president, Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper.
The Inauguration of President Thomas Cropper on October 11 is an opportunity for all of the Academy’s stakeholders to honor the proud traditions of Cal Maritime; reaffirm our belief in the important mission of the institution; and begin to lead the way to an even brighter future.
Presidential inauguration ceremonies at universities are commonly held several months after the president assumes the duties of office. This gives the new president time to get a feel for the school and its many stakeholders and constituencies and to consider the direction he or she would like to take the school.
The inauguration ceremony formally installs the Academy’s highest-ranking member into office, confers upon him the ceremonial accoutrements of office, and gives the larger academic and civic community – everyone with a stake in the university's success – an opportunity to convene and celebrate their shared values.