The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy has named Capt. Susan L. Dunlap (ret.) as its new deputy superintendent.
The 28-year Navy veteran will begin work at the Academy in January after most recently serving as director of the Africa Engagement Group for the U.S. Navy, where she provided direct oversight of all maritime theater security cooperation with Africa, including the internationally-recognized Africa Partnership Station program.
“Her extensive leadership experience in key command and staff billets and lifetime commitment to service to the nation make her an ideal selection for Deputy Superintendent,” said U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Superintendent, Rear Adm. James Helis in a release Wednesday.
Earlier in her career, Dunlap led the Military Sealift Command, Far East, which operated an average of 48 ships that replenish fuel and supplies to U.S. Navy forces. She also commanded the only assault craft unit in the Pacific Fleet, which was tasked with operating, maintaining and providing assault craft for ship to shore movement during and after an amphibious assault.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime, to work in an academic environment at a distinguished institution in a vibrant and scenic location," said Dunlap in a release. "Most of all, I am very pleased that I will be working with the best and brightest youth that our nation has to offer."
Dunlap has earned the Legion of Merit (three gold stars) award, the Meritorious Service Medal (three gold stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (three gold stars), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal and various other campaign and service ribbons.
Dunlap has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Northwestern University and is a graduate of the Naval War College, where she earned her Master’s Degree in National Security and Strategic Studies with a single area focus on Africa.