Board of Trustees

A message from the chair

Welcome to the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Board of Trustees!

I am deeply honored to serve as chairman of the Board and to work with many dedicated professionals who provide the highest quality of education and opportunities to our cadets.  As one of six maritime academies in the country, we offer seven undergraduate and three graduate majors, the Academy is one of two “special mission” public universities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Board has responsibility for the operation of the Academy, charged with reviewing and approving a range of academic and business matters, including the annual budget and student fees. The Board also appoints the president of the university and reviews the performance of the president and the Academy on an ongoing basis.

The Board consists of eleven members, all of whom (except a student member who is elected by the student body to a one-year term) are appointed by the Governor, with at least one member who is an MMA alumnus elected by the Alumni Association.  Each member of the Board is elected to a five-year term and can serve for no more than two consecutive terms.

The full Board meets four times annually and conducts its meetings in accordance with the Massachusetts Open Meeting Law.  The Board has five standing committees:  Audit & Governance; Education; Facilities & Finance; Marine Operations; and Student Life.  The standing committees meet at least four times annually, in addition to the other four board meetings.  Thus, the Academy Board of Trustees meets 8 times annually in addition to any special meetings that may be called during the year.  The board members' commitment to the cadets and Academy is infinite.

The Board of Trustees welcomes you to attend our Board meetings and or speak with the Trustees and Academy staff at any time.


Brian J. Connor
“Triple Buc” ’19,’20, ‘21