Last Week for Gurnon as Mass Maritime Academy President

Admiral Richard Gurnon Mass MaritimeBUZZARDS BAY – It’s the last week in command for Massachusetts Maritime Academy President Richard Gurnon.

The admiral is retiring and a change of command with his successor, current Executive Vice President Francis McDonald, will take place on August 10.

Gurnon said he won’t be relaxing very much in his retirement.

“I have a 100-year-old house, an 89-year-old dad, a 17-year-old daughter who’s still in high school, and three grandchildren under the age of six who live thousands of miles away, so I will be busy,” said Gurnon.

Gurnon has been president for 10 years at Mass Maritime and spent more than 30 years at the school.

Gurnon said he has been lucky to be president of an esteemed school.

“I’m surrounded by goal-oriented, hardworking, colorful young people. I have faculty and staff who are incredibly dedicated to the mission,” said Gurnon. “That’s what I’m going to miss.”

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