CSU Maritime Academy 

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2017 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient

Following his 1961 graduation from Cal Maritime, Maynard Willms took a job with Crowley Maritime as an engineer on their tugs. One year later, he activated his commission in the Navy and served two years as an engineering officer aboard the U.S.S. Brinkley Bass.

He returned to Crowley as assistant port engineer at Pier 25 in San Francisco. He became port engineer the following year and began working in vessel construction. He moved up the ranks to engineering manager and then director of engineering. During his 38-year career with Crowley, he led the design and construction of the first high-speed ferries for the San Francisco Bay and directed the startup of emergency ferry service following the 1989 earthquake. In 1996, he moved to Seattle to begin Crowley’s Seattle subsidiary – Vessel Management Services.

Early in his career, Willms instituted an internship program which recruited Cal Maritime students, many of whom went on to become Crowley employees. He passed his love of all things maritime to his grandson who entered the Academy in the fall of 2016.

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Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education recently released findings that show Cal Maritime graduates have the highest average earnings of any California university ten years after enrollment and they have the seventh highest in the U.S.?

 

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Education recently released findings that show Cal Maritime graduates have the highest average earnings of any California university ten years after enrollment and they have the seventh highest in the U.S.?
 

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