Friday, March 8, 2013

Merchant Marine Academy Honors Crowley CEO

Crowley Maritime President, Chair and CEO Tom Crowley recently became an honorary alumnus of the US Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) earlier this month during a special banquet held in his honor.

In front of over 130 guests, including past and present Crowley employees and USMMA graduates, the USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation, along with its affiliated Jacksonville, Florida chapter, recognized Crowley for his years of support of the academy and its cadets at the University Club in Jacksonville, Florida.

“This is an immense honor for me, not just because this is one of the most important and outstanding institutions of higher learning, but because one of our company’s core values is ‘Our People,’ and many of our people have their roots with this academy,” Crowley said in a speech during the event. “It’s because of them, and those who will come after, that I will always support the US Merchant Marine and its mission to develop maritime leaders.”

Crowley has supported the USMMA through the establishment of the USMMA Scholarship Program funded by the Thomas B. Crowley Sr. Memorial Scholarship, which since 1994 has provided $10,000 in scholarships funds annually to USMMA cadets. Crowley has also supported men and women at the USMMA with internships and jobs after graduation.

During the event, several USMMA Alumni Association and Foundation members, including President James Tobin and Chairman of the Board of Directors Charlie Hill, thanked Crowley and his company, and presented him with a special portrait of a racing sailboat on Long Island Sound painted by fellow alumni.

Crowley, a graduate of the University of Washington, was previously honored by the USMMA in 2003 with an honorary doctorate degree during commencement exercises in Kings Point, NY.