Board to Vote on Appointment June 30
– State University of New York Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher today announced that
she will recommend Rear Admiral Wendi B. Carpenter to be the next president of
SUNY Maritime College.
serving as the Commander of the Navy’s Warfare Development Command, Carpenter
was among the first women to be designated as a naval aviator. Graduating from
flight school at the top of her class, she was selected for immediate duty as
the first selectively retained graduate instructor pilot in the T-44 advanced
multi-engine pipeline. In 2005, she became the Navy’s first woman aviator
promoted to the rank of admiral.
The SUNY Board of Trustees is
expected to vote on her appointment at a special meeting Thursday, June 30,
2011. If approved, Rear Admiral Carpenter will be the first woman to serve as
president of the college.
Chancellor Zimpher said,
“Admiral Carpenter’s 30-plus years of naval experience and leadership make her
ideally suited to be the next president of SUNY Maritime, where she is certain
to enhance the college’s national reputation for excellence in academic,
athletic, and leadership training. Admiral Carpenter is among the Navy’s elite,
and she will be an outstanding addition to the SUNY leadership team.”
College Council and Search
Committee Chair Timothea Larr said, “Our extensive national search produced a
strong pool of candidates from higher education, the Navy, and the maritime
industry, all of which was a reflection of SUNY Maritime College’s recognized
reputation for excellence. Admiral Carpenter emerged as an outstanding model of
leadership and accomplishment. The search committee was highly impressed with
Admiral Carpenter's demonstrated record of leadership and significant executive
accomplishments, as well as her training background and graduate studies. She
will advance SUNY Maritime College’s vision of being first and foremost in
international maritime education, training, and research.”
Admiral Gary Roughead, Chief
of Naval Operations, said, “I applaud the selection of RADM Carpenter to head
SUNY Maritime. She brings extraordinary experience and perspective from her
many assignments in the U.S. Navy.”
Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert,
who has been tapped as the Navy’s next Chief of Naval Operations, said, “I have
had the honor and privilege of serving with Admiral Wendi Carpenter for several
years. She has a unique combination of intellect, leadership, and
management. Wendi is among our most innovative and insightful Flag Officers.
I predict great things at SUNY under her leadership.”
Admiral Carpenter said, “SUNY
Maritime College is a unique campus that offers students some of the strongest,
most competitive programs and training in the country. I am delighted to be
considered for this position and grateful to Chancellor Zimpher, Chairwoman
Larr, and the search committee for their confidence in my ability to serve as
Maritime president. I look forward to putting my 30-plus years of Naval
experience in many different areas of executive leadership into practice at
SUNY Maritime College."
Outgoing Maritime President
Admiral John Craine said, “It has been an honor serving The State University of
New York and Maritime College, and I am delighted to be turning over
leadership to Admiral Wendi Carpenter. I have the utmost confidence that she
will thrive as president and truly support and encourage the
outstanding work of the students, faculty, and staff of this wonderful
About Rear Admiral Wendi
Rear Admiral Wendi B.
Carpenter is the daughter of an Air Force veteran of WWII, Korea, and Vietnam.
Raised throughout the United States, she graduated from the University of
Georgia in 1976 with a bachelor of science degree in psychology.
Carpenter was commissioned in 1978 through Aviation Officer Candidate School in
Pensacola, Fla., and in July 1979 was designated a Naval
Aviator. Graduating at the top of her class, she was assigned as the
Navy’s first selectively retained graduate instructor pilot (SERGRAD) in the
T-44 aircraft at VT-31, NAS Corpus Christi, Texas. In 1981, she was
ordered to sea duty with the “Ironmen” of VQ-3, NAS Barbers Point, Hawaii,
where she served as a mission commander, aircraft commander, and instructor
pilot in the EC-130 F/G/Q aircraft. Carpenter deployed throughout the Pacific,
western United States, and Alaska in support of the nation’s strategic nuclear
triad. She completed a shore tour as an aviation assignments officer in Washington,
D.C, and, in 1985, accepted a Reserve component commission.
Carpenter has held a total of five commands at the commander, captain, and flag
level in the areas of logistics, training, and aviation in fleet, joint, and
coalition operations, giving her a unique warfighting perspective. She has also
completed numerous fleet and shore staff assignments.
Carpenter has accepted numerous recalls to active duty, including her current
assignment. In June 2008, she assumed command of Navy Warfare Development
Command where she and her team work to deliver capability for Navy, join, and
coalition forces through concept generation and development, doctrine, modeling
and simulation, and experimentation.
Previous flag assignments include deputy commander, Navy Region Southeast;
acting director, OPNAV N31 (Information, Plans, and Security); vice director,
Standing Joint Forces HQ, U.S. Joint Forces Command; and deputy commander,
Second Fleet. She has represented the United States in a number of coalition
and NATO forums in Europe and Africa.
Carpenter has pursued graduate studies in marketing and holds a master of arts
in international relations from Salve Regina University. She is a distinguished
graduate of the Naval War College and completed Capstone 06-02, as well as
executive programs in business, strategic planning, and innovation at National
Defense University, Defense Acquisition University, University of North
Carolina Business School, Chapel Hill, and Babson College. She has
accumulated over 3,500 military flight hours.
Carpenter’s awards include Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3),
Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal (5), Navy and Marine Corps
Achievement Medal, and various unit awards. She is most proud of the FY01
DON CIO Award for “e-Business” in government, which was won by the 75-member
team she led as Commanding Officer, DCNO N4, Fleet Readiness and Logistics.
About SUNY Maritime
The first maritime school in the country, SUNY Maritime College couples its
academic programs with a structured cadet life in the regiment for both men and
women. SUNY Maritime prepares students for careers through a content-centered
curriculum and a hands-on, team building approach to learning. SUNY Maritime
offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, 20 varsity athletic teams, summer
training cruises to Europe, five ROTC options, and US Coast Guard license and
intern programs. SUNY Maritime prepares students for careers in the maritime
industry, government, military, and private industry. Recent graduates of the
college have benefited from nearly 100 percent job placement.
About the State University of New
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 467,000 students in more than 7,500 degree and
certificate programs on 64 campuses with nearly 3 million alumni around the
globe. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity, visit www.suny.edu