William B. Eisenhardt
William B. Eisenhardt

Dr. William B. Eisenhardt

California Maritime Academy

Office of the President


A career educator with a lifelong dedication to maritime education, William B. Eisenhardt began his presidency at Cal Maritime in 2001. During his tenure, Eisenhardt has doubled the enrollment at Cal Maritime, increased the operating budget by nearly 50 percent and spearheaded major capital improvements exceeding $37 million. He recently led the planning and development of Cal Maritime’s $15 million Maritime Simulation Center. Additionally, he has overseen a fivefold expansion in charitable giving to the campus from alumni, industry, parents and friends.

Eisenhardt currently serves as a board member of the Solano County Economic Development Corporation and is past chair of the Council of State Maritime Academies & Colleges Consortium. He was active in the founding of the International Association of Maritime Universities and currently serves on that executive board. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Marine Exchange.

Eisenhardt earned the Air Medal and Navy Commendation Medal among other personal and unit citations during his service as a naval flight officer in the Vietnam War.

Academic Experience

President, California Maritime Academy, 2001 to date.

Provost, Maine Maritime Academy, 1995-2001.

Vice President and Dean for Academic and Student Affairs, Maine Maritime Academy, 1993-95.

Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs, Maine Maritime Academy, 1986-93.

Director of Leadership and Management Programs, Maine Maritime Academy, 1984-86.

Professor, Maine Maritime Academy, 1984-2001.

Associate Dean, Continuing Education and External Degree Programs, St. Joseph’s College, 1983-84.

Deputy Director, Penobscot Consortium Training Center, 1979-82.

Dean for Student Affairs, Husson College, Maine, 1975-79.

Assistant to Director of Undergraduate Studies, Duke University, 1974-75.

Admissions Counselor, Duke University, 1973-74.

Visiting Professor, Duke University, 1970-73.


Ph.D., Higher Education Administration, Duke University
M.Ed., Counseling Psychology, Duke University
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, U.S. Naval Academy
Institute for Educational Management, Harvard University