Terry Moran, a longtime aerospace and technology executive, one-time naval aviator, licensed captain in inland and near coastal waterways, and an offshore sailor - has been named executive director of the Cal Maritime Foundation. Moran’s management experience, his background in military and civilian service, as well as his passion for the sea and watercraft will further advance the mission of organization, the fundraising arm of California State University Maritime Academy. The Foundation encourages and facilitates the contribution of charitable gifts for the benefit of the faculty and cadets of Cal Maritime and for the institution's long-range plan. Moran assumed the new role in late March.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Terry aboard,” said Robert Arp, VP of Advancement at Cal Maritime, who has also been serving as Executive Director of the Foundation. “Terry’s expansive experience combined with his keen appreciation for Cal Maritime’s distinctive educational model will serve the Foundation and all of our constituents well.”

A graduate of the US Naval Academy in Annapolis, Terry received his master’s degree from the University of San Diego in International Relations. He logged 28 years of combined active and reserve service as a naval officer and aviator and 20 years in the aerospace industry in program management leadership roles for a variety of aerospace companies including Northrop Grumman, Collins, and Raytheon.

In 2015 he launched a nonprofit foundation, Wooden Boats for Veterans.  The organization is committed to the mission of improving veterans’ health and well-being by getting them on the water with opportunities for sailing instruction, learning new skills through wooden boat restoration, and building community around historically significant vessels.

Moran says that the executive director role at the Foundation feels like a perfect fit.

“I am extremely honored and privileged to serve the Foundation and help this amazing team serve the cadets of Cal Maritime.  As an immigrant, retired naval officer, and naval architect I feel a deep connection to the values and beliefs of Cal Maritime and look forward to advancing its mission of training, educating and developing future maritime leaders.” 

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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.