Dr. Donald Maier Chosen to Head Newly Organized School
(Vallejo, California – April 27, 2018) – Dr. Donald Maier, dean of the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business & Logistics at Maine Maritime Academy, has been named the first dean of Cal Maritime's School of Maritime Transportation, Logistics, and Management.
At Maine Maritime, Maier was directly responsible for the creation of the online graduate program and accreditation efforts for the School. Under his leadership, the School designed a Logistics Lab to provide students more hands-on learning opportunities.
Prior to joining Maine Maritime, Maier launched his full-time academic career at the University of St. Francis in Illinois in 2004. In 2009, he received the University's Excellence in Teaching Award and the Alumni Board Presidential Award.
His professional career included roles in logistics and supply management teams at FedEx, Office Depot, Penske Logistics, Monsanto, and Merisant, as well as consulting for Alliance Shipper's on the U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership Program. At Merisant's only U.S. facility, he was instrumental in the strategic design and leadership of the North American logistics operation both domestic and international.
"Dr. Maier's extensive experience in industry, higher education, and specifically at Maine Maritime Academy will be invaluable as we reorganize and seek to create synergies between our Marine Transportation and Business Administration majors," said Dr. Susan Opp, Cal Maritime's Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
"In today's competitive college market, students have many institutions to choose from," said Maier. "Yet, Cal Maritime offers programs in very niche areas that provide students more opportunities for careers in high demand. Every company needs professionals to manage their business and logistics operations. Plus, since 80% of goods are transported by sea, combining the marine transportation and logistics programs creates even more opportunities for our students."