U.S. Friends of WMU, INC.

In 1984, Admiral Kinney established in Washington, D.C. and became the founding Chairman of U.S. Friends of World Maritime University, Inc., a non-profit organization of American supporters of the World Maritime University. Over the years, the U.S. Friends have provided different kinds of invaluable assistance to WMU such as the following:

  • financial assistance for special purposes such as the cost of consultants, the binding of student theses, the purchase of WMU minivans, and the travel and subsistence of invited experts such as the speakers at the Sheldon Kinney lectures
  • facilitating the award of student fellowships to WMU from American sponsors such as Mobil Oil and the American Bureau of Shipping (ABS)
  • providing academic staff assistance through the provision of visiting professors and the facilitation of fully funded ongoing staff secondments from the US Coast Guard
  • facilitating regular contact with senior officials from the US Government such as the US Coast Guard and the Maritime Administration (MARAD)
  • assisting WMU in being accepted by the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) as an educational institution at which US veterans can study with DVA funding
  • providing the “Sheldon Kinney Lecture,” a public lecture which is given by an internationally renowned expert on a significant topic in maritime transportation and which is traditionally held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the University’s international Board of Governors

Officers

CHAIRMAN AND DIRECTOR:
Jeffrey Lantz, Director, Commercial Regulations & Standards Marine Safety, Security, and Stewardship, U.S.  Coast Guard

PRESIDENT AND DIRECTOR:
Caryn Hederman, Esq., Founder &  Principal, Hederman Consulting LLC

VICE PRESIDENT AND  DIRECTOR:
VADM Brian Salerno, USCG (Ret.)

TREASURER AND DIRECTOR:
Kevin Woelflein, Senior Fellow, National  U.S.–Arab Chamber of Commerce

SECRETARY AND DIRECTOR:
Daniel F. Sheehan, P.E.

ASSISTANT SECRETARY AND  DIRECTOR:
Gerald Malia, Esq., Law Offices of Gerald A. Malia; Professor, Georgetown and Catholic Universities (Law) (Retired)

Directors at large

Bruce Carlton, President and  CEO (Retired), National Industrial Transportation League; Assistant Administrator (Retired), Maritime Administration     

Joe Cox, President Emeritus, Chamber of Shipping of America       

Charles R. Cushing, Ph.D., P.E, President, C. R. Cushing & Company, Inc.

David M. Kennedy, Senior Arctic Advisor, U.S. National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Suzanne Lemieux

Suzanne Lemieux, Manager, Mid-Stream and Industry Operations, API

Clay Maitland, Esq.  Managing Partner, International Registries, Inc

Kathy Metcalf, President and CEO, Chamber of Shipping of America

Charles G. Raymond, Chairman & CEO (Retired), Horizon Lines, Inc. Principal, Raymond Management, L.L.C.

Robin Rorick,  Director, Marine &  Security, API

Jim Watson, USCG (Ret.), Senior VP of Global Government Services, American Bureau of Shipping  

Accountant

C. Robert Beans, Certified Public Accountant

Founders and Emeritus Officers

FOUNDER and Former CHAIRMAN AND DIRECTOR:
RADM  Sheldon Kinney, USN (Ret) (1918 to 2004) Former Rector (President) World Maritime University

CHAIRMAN EMERITUS:
Gerald Malia, Esq.

VICE CHAIRMAN EMERITUS:
Captain Richard Soper, Former Chairman  and President, American Bureau of Shipping

PRESIDENT EMERITUS:
Captain James McNamara, Former President, National Cargo Bureau

For more information about U.S. Friends, please contact
Caryn Hederman, President of U.S. Friends of WMU
carynh@hedermanconsulting.com.

Kinney lecture series (2006-2008)

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