Stephen Kreta Named Cal Maritime’s VP for Student Affairs
(VALLEJO, CA – April 18, 2013) – Stephen Kreta has been appointed Vice President for Student Affairs at The California Maritime Academy. The appointment is effective May 1, 2013.
“This appointment is part of a University-wide redesign of our campus leadership model and the way we approach student life at Cal Maritime,” said Cal Maritime President Tom Cropper.
As part of this redesign, the new Division of Student Affairs will begin a transition in May to oversee the offices of the Dean of Students, including the Student Health Center and Residential Life; the Office of the Commandant; the Athletic Director; Career Center Director; Community Engagement Director; and Auxiliary Services Director. The new Division will provide a comprehensive vision to shape the cadet experience at Cal Maritime.
“This move is an important step in aligning the relationships on campus that will improve the student educational experience,” said President Cropper. “Through this redesign, we can forge a more cadet-centric model for policies, programs, and procedures.”
“With all the changes in the academic arena, appropriate blending of co-curricular and extra-curricular education with the academic curriculum may never have been as important as it will be now and in the years to come,” said Kreta. “I am looking forward to working to lead this effort.”
Kreta has been at The California Maritime Academy for almost 30 years. As a proud graduate of the class of 1979, he sailed as an engineering officer in the United State Merchant Marine for a number of years before returning to San Jose State University for graduate study and to Cal Maritime as a faculty member teaching an array of engineering and technology courses. He has held a number of positions on campus, including 15 years as Academic Dean. Most recently, he served as Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs, a position that will be phased out at Cal Maritime as Kreta transitions to his new role.
Kreta serves as the campus representative to the U.S. State Maritime Academy Council. As AVP, he worked with the Provost Council Members and faculty on Academic Planning and development, enrollment management, International Programs, regional and programmatic accreditation, national and international standards of licensing, and instructional facilities including the new state of the art Simulation Center. While serving as Academic Dean, Kreta was instrumental in leading the faculty in developing new academic programs and the planning, remodeling, and construction of virtually all current instructional facilities.
Kreta received a B.S. degree in Marine Engineering Technology from The California Maritime Academy and a M.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from San Jose State University. Along with being a Professional Mechanical Engineer, State of California, he is also a Chief Engineer, U.S. Coast Guard, Steam, Motor, and Gas Turbine Vessels, Unlimited Horsepower, and a Certified Plant Engineer.
ABOUT CAL MARITIME
Established in 1929, The California Maritime Academy, a campus of The California State University, is the only degree-granting maritime academy on the West Coast. Cal Maritime was recently ranked by Forbes magazine as being among the Top 25 "Best Value Colleges" in the nation, providing students with the highest quality education for their academic dollar. Located in Vallejo, Calif., the campus serves approximately 900 students and offers undergraduate degrees preparing students for careers in engineering, transportation, international relations, business, and global logistics. It also offers a master’s degree in Transportation and Engineering Management, as well as a number of extended learning programs and courses.