The California State University today (Feb. 12) announced the three semi-finalists for the presidency of the California Maritime Academy. They are: Robert Behm, dean of University College and Extension Services at CSU Long Beach; William Eisenhardt, provost of the Maine Maritime Academy; and Edwin Roland, former president of Bona Shipping.

Each candidate will spend a day at the Maritime Academy meeting with campus officials and other constituencies. There will be an open forum each day from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. followed by a brief reception. Eisenhardt will visit on Feb. 19, Roland will visit on Feb. 23, and Behm will visit on Feb. 27.

Behm, who has been in his current position since 1990, previously served for 10 years as associate dean at San Diego State University, where he developed SDSU's distance learning programs and helped develop the North campus that became CSU San Marcos. He graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point and has a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Washington.

Eisenhardt has served in his current position since 1995, and previously was the academy's vice president and dean for academic and student affairs. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Duke University and completed the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University.

Prior to joining Bona Shipping, Roland was executive director of crisis management and vice president for operations and transportation at Amoco Corporation from 1983 to 1994. He is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and earned master's degrees in nuclear engineering and in naval architecture from the University of Michigan, and an MBA from Iona College.

CSU Trustee Ralph Pesqueira chaired the search committee and said he was pleased with the recruitment efforts, which generated interest in the position from maritime academies, naval officers, the Coast Guard, and the maritime industry. About 40 individuals submitted applications.

"The three individuals visiting Cal Maritime are the best qualified and represent different backgrounds," Pesqueira said. "This gives the Board of Trustees many choices in selecting the next president for Cal Maritime."

The search process began in October 2000. After the finalists meet with the CSU Board of Trustees in early March the next president will be selected. He will succeed Jerry Aspland, who served as president for five years.

The California Maritime Academy, which became part of the CSU system in 1995, is a four-year institution specializing in business, engineering, technology and marine transportation. Located in Vallejo, it is the only maritime academy in the Western United States and one of only five in the nation. It was the first maritime academy to admit women, first to produce a woman captain of a commercial vessel, and first to have had a woman president.

With an enrollment under 600, it provides hands-on training and offers degrees in business administration, facilities engineering technology, marine engineering technology, marine transportation and mechanical engineering.

The California State University is the largest four-year university system in the country. More than 21,000 faculty teach over 370,000 students on 23 CSU campuses and six off-campus centers extending from Humboldt County in the north to San Diego in the south. Altogether, about half the bachelor's degrees and a third of the master's degrees awarded in California are from the CSU.

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