Maine Maritime Academy President Bill Brennan talks to the Bucksport Town Council in 2018 about his then proposed Center for Mariner Development on a portion of the former Verso paper mill site. The center just marked one year in operation. FILE PHOTO

MMA president to retire in 2022

CASTINE — William Brennan, president of Maine Maritime Academy, announced his retirement, effective June 30, 2022, to the school community last week.

In a letter to the board of trustees last week, Brennan wrote, “I have long felt that successful organizations remain successful when there is thoughtful and timely change in leadership, when the current leader is still energetic and engaged, and when there is strength and stability in the organization.

“After 11 years as president of Maine Maritime Academy, I think that time for both the Academy and me alike is now.”

“My first 11 years offered no shortage of challenge as we worked to strengthen the quality, appeal and ongoing integrity of our programs, to strengthen our relationship with the community in which we reside, and to embed national best practices of college administration into all aspects of the daily work of the academy,” the letter continued. “For the last year, I certainly did not anticipate that a pandemic would dwarf those challenges and yet we managed successfully through those hard times as well.”

No further information about Brennan’s departure was available.

An academy spokesperson said that while Brennan announced his upcoming retirement to the school community, no formal announcement would be made until a search firm is selected.

Brennan is the academy’s 14th president.

Under his leadership, MMA had a successful capital campaign and expanded the campus offerings outside of Castine. 

That includes the creation of the Center for Mariner Professional Development on a portion of the former Verso paper mill site in Bucksport. The center just marked its first year of operations in February.

Jennifer Osborn

Jennifer Osborn

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