The California Maritime Academy (also known as CMA, Cal Maritime, and CSU, Maritime) is one of 23 campuses in the California State University system and is one of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the United States. It is located in Vallejo, California.
Due to the Great Depression, the early days of the Academy were full of financial uncertainty. As early as 1933, some state legislators were calling for the school's abolition. In order to save money, the cadets and instructors alike lived and held classes aboard the training vessel, the T.S. California State. Only after the passage of the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 did the funding for the Academy become stabilized.
In 1939 the California Nautical School adopted its present name, the California Maritime Academy. By 1940 the Academy was granting Bachelor of Science degrees and Naval Reserve commissions to its graduates; this step marked the beginning of the transition from the status of trade school to college. During World War II the Academy was evicted from its site in California City and moved to its present location in Vallejo, California in 1943.
In the 1970s, after surviving another round of budget cuts and calls for the Academy's abolition, Cal Maritime became a four-year institution. The 1970s also marked the time when the first minority and female cadets graduated from Cal Maritime.
In 1996 Cal Maritime became the twenty-second campus of the California State University system. The new affiliation improved the academy's funding prospects considerably. The current training vessel is the T.S. Golden Bear, and is the third training ship to carry that name.
|May 11, 1930||Feb 14, 1934||Emil Topp||LCDR, USN (ret)|
|Feb 15, 1934||Jun 30, 1937||Dr. Richard C. Dwyer||See Note 1|
|Jul 1, 1937||Jun 30, 1940||Neil E. Nichols||CAPT, USN (ret)|
|Jul 1, 1940||Oct 31, 1947||Claude B. Mayo||CAPT, USN (ret)||See Note 2|
|Nov 1, 1947||Feb 15, 1955||Russel M. Ihreg||COMMO, USN (ret)|
|Feb 16. 1955||Jun 20, 1955||Carroll T. Bonney||CAPT, USN (ret)||Acting Superintendent|
|Jun 21, 1955||Nov 1, 1965||Henry E. Richter||CAPT, USN (ret)|
|Oct 15, 1965||Oct 1, 1971||Francis T. Williamson||RADM, USN (ret)|
|Oct 1, 1971||Aug 1, 1972||Edwin C. Miller||CMA 34-D CDR, USN (ret)||See Note 3|
|Aug 2, 1972||Nov 11, 1983||Joseph P. Rizza||RADM, USMS (ret)||See Note 4|
|Nov 11, 1983||Aug 31, 1990||John J. Ekelund||RADM, USN (ret)|
|Aug 31, 1990||Jun 30, 1996||Dr. Mary E. Lyons||CDR, USNR|
|Jul 1, 1996||Jun 30, 2001||Jerry A. Aspland||CMA 62-D|
|Jul 1, 2001||Present||William B. Eisenhardt||RADM, USMS|
Cal Maritime is the only campus in the CSU system that does not offer any graduate degree programs.
Today, Cal Maritime is a member of the NAIA and the Men's Soccer, Basketball, Golf and Women's Volleyball teams are charter members of the California Pacific Conference. In the 2004-2005 Academic year the Women's Basketball was formed and now also competes in the Cal Pac Conference. Other sports offered at Cal Maritime include Rugby, Sailing, Crew, and Water Polo.