Rear Admiral Thomas A. Cropper
President, California Maritime Academy
Great organizations lead with best-in-the-world attributes. The California Maritime Academy is a world leader in “pracademics” — the practical reinforcement of academics by real world application. Cadets seamlessly go from learning metallurgical concepts in the classroom to creating functioning parts on the Training Ship Golden Bear. Intellectual learning is tested throughout summer training cruises under the guidance of strong faculty and proven maritime professionals. Cal Maritime is exemplary of a devotion to hands-on learning that one encounters on all Cal State campuses. I know the power of this type of education — I have personally witnessed the tremendous benefits of the CSU approach as the proud father of a son who completed his Cal Maritime degree and a daughter who is finishing at San Diego State.