MARAD Appoints Former SeaRiver Head Buono as Superintendent of U.S. Merchant Marine Academy

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U.S. Maritime Administrator Mark Buzby announced Friday that Jack Buono will serve as the new superintendent for the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.

Buono will take command at the Academy on November 9, having most recently served as President and CEO of ExxonMobil’s shipping subsidiary, SeaRiver Maritime, until retiring from the role in 2016.

“As a Kings Point graduate who spent his entire career in maritime leadership roles, Mr. Buono will help educate and inspire the next generation of maritime cadets,” said Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby.

After graduating from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, Buono worked his way up from a U.S. Coast Guard licensed Third Mate to an unlimited Master Mariner with ExxonMobil Corporation. He moved ashore in 1991, serving in several management positions before being elected to President & CEO of SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.

Buono retired in 2016 after 38 years with ExxonMobil Corporation and SeaRiver Maritime, Inc.

“Jack Buono is the ideal candidate to take the Academy to the next level,” said Maritime Administrator Mark H. Buzby. “He has impeccable credentials on the waterfront and, as an alumnus, fully understands the Academy’s mission to provide its students with the highest caliber of training and education needed to lead afloat and ashore.”

Buono received a bachelor of science in marine transportation with a minor in management from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1978, and was commissioned an Ensign in the U.S. Naval Reserve, where he served honorably for 11 years.

The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, New York is one of the five federal service academies.

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration is responsible for overseeing the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, including the hiring of key Academy positions. As part of the selection process, Buono also met with a number of midshipmen, faculty, and staff from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, in addition to alumni and industry leaders.