Campus: Office of the Chancellor -- March 06, 2001
William Eisenhardt Named President Of Maritime
The California State University appointed William
Eisenhardt, provost of the Maine Maritime Academy, as
president of the California Maritime Academy.
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
CSU Trustee Ralph Pesqueira chaired the search committee,
and said, "Eisenhardt is a respected, experienced leader in
Maritime education and will be a great president for the
The search process began in October 2000, and about 40
individuals submitted applications. Eisenhardt will succeed
Jerry Aspland, who served as president for five years.
Eisenhardt will begin his new duties in July, and his
compensation will be set at the March 21 CSU Trustees
"Taking the helm of the California Maritime Academy is
exciting because it and the Maine Maritime Academy have
cooperated over the years on programs ranging from course
offerings to student services and have shared best
practices," said Eisenhardt. "While I have some good
knowledge of the California Maritime Academy, I look forward
to learning so much more and helping guide the Academy
further along its course."
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 about 650, 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 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.