Special Message from the President

January 7, 2021

Dear Campus Community:

Yesterday, we witnessed an assault on democracy at our nation’s capital. Like you, I was shocked and saddened by the events as they unfolded and the images I saw. At the same time, I was impressed that our durable system of government prevailed and that our leaders ultimately carried on with their duties and certified the free and fair presidential election. A peaceful transfer of power is at the heart of our system of government, and I have every expectation that it will go forth as planned on January 20th.

My years in service to this nation have taught me that we are at our best when we respect established norms and honor civility. These norms were severely tested yesterday and may be further tested in the days and weeks to come. Yet I believe that as a community of learners and educators, we have a responsibility to witness and learn from these events. I have been impressed with your fortitude throughout the difficult year we just concluded and have no doubt that our community has the ability to weather yet another challenging chapter – and meet it with resilience.

These shameful acts of violence that sought to deconstruct our great democracy no doubt have left many of us shaken and in need of support, so I urge you to lean on one another in those moments that seem necessary to do so.

We have resources and emotional support services available through Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) during the month of January. We are offering Zoom-telephonic services M-F 8:30AM – 5:00PM.  Please contact Student Health Services to book an initial appointment with a CAPS counselor if you’d like to speak with someone.  Our after-hours urgent line is 707-654-1170, Option 1.

In service,
Thomas A. Cropper
California State University Maritime Academy 

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 serves nearly 1,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. The new oceanography degree program launched in the fall of 2020. Cal Maritime also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.