Stephen Kreta has been at California State University Maritime Academy for over 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.