Jim McKenna

Dean of Undergraduate Studies

Jim McKenna is the newly appointed Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Massachusetts Maritime Academy. Since earning his Ph.D. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, Jim has served in a variety of academic and federal agency positions. Academic appointments include Assistant Professor of Geosciences at Williams College where he taught and served as Associate Director for the Williams College-Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program; Professor of Marine Biology and Chair of the Ocean Studies department at Maine Maritime Academy; and Bridgewater State University’s Associate Dean for the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics. Jim’s agency work includes serving as a National Park Service Research Learning Center coordinator in Acadia National Park and as Associate Director of Research for the Maine Sea Grant Program. Jim’s professional affiliation with the marine world extends into his personal life; he is a passionate sailor and enjoys vacationing with his wife and two children along the coast of downeast Maine and Cape Cod.

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