(Vallejo, California – October 7, 2016) – A new Alumni Task Force for California State University Maritime Academy is being organized to define the key elements of a reworked, mutually beneficial relationship between Cal Maritime and its alumni. 
"Our primary goal is for Cal Maritime to have an alumni program that delivers the very best in alumni loyalty, involvement, and advancement of the alma mater," said Cal Maritime President Tom Cropper.
Over the coming years, Cal Maritime alumni programming will evolve to reflect the expansion in enrollment and degree offerings at the University. Also, with an expansion of extended learning and professional development offerings, Cal Maritime will be positioned to serve its graduates throughout their careers by enhancing career resiliency.
"I ask that the task force have a future-oriented vision of Cal Maritime that will focus upon the special relationship our current cadets and current alumni want to have with one another and with the University," said Cropper. 
The new task force will be charged with identifying best practices as they relate to alumni programming, affinity programs, and other areas. The group will develop recommendations for alumni engagement and support for the Academy that will provide Cal Maritime with the tools necessary to become a leader in alumni outreach, engagement, programming, and support.
Robert Piazza (65) and Greg Zeligman (05) have been selected as co-chairs of the task force. Eric Cooper, director of Alumni Relations, will help to round out the committee membership. Independent consultant Suzanne Bailey, who has been instrumental in facilitating Cal Maritime's strategic planning efforts, has been retained to assist the group.
Final findings and recommendations are scheduled for submission to the president at the end of 2017.
"The Alumni Task Force will play a valuable role in advising me, the Alumni Association, the Academy's foundation board, and our campus community in how we will create the best future for Cal Maritime," said Cropper.



Established in 1929, California State University Maritime Academy is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Located in Vallejo, California, the campus offers undergraduate degrees that prepare students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.