New Superintendent Appointed to Merchant Marine Academy

Rear Admiral Nunan brings three decades of Coast Guard experience to leadership.

Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan has been selected by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Maritime Administration to become the 14th superintendent of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA). The USMMA trains its midshipmen to operate, manage, and maintain large cargo ships for both the government and the private sector. Rear Admiral Nunan has commanded every level of marine unit in her three decades serving the Coast Guard and will begin her tenure as superintendent in the coming weeks.

“Rear Admiral Joanna Nunan is the right leader at the right time for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy,” said Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. “Her years of experience as a senior military leader—including command at sea—have prepared Rear Admiral Nunan to shape the future of the USMMA and help ensure the safety and success of its extraordinary midshipmen.”   

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for Rear Admiral Nunan as the new superintendent of the Merchant Marine Academy.
  • For Merchant Marine cadets and graduates as they transport cargo and passengers throughout the U.S. and international waters.

Sources: Department of Transportation


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