This is excellent news. President Obama announced yesterday that he had appointed Susan Hayman, KP ’80, to the Congressional Board of Visitors. You can read the announcement and her bio as provided in the announcement, here. She is a vice president at Foss, and her bio on the Foss website is here. Interesting tidbit there — she was called to active duty in the Navy in 2002, twenty-two years after graduating.
While it looks like Hayman would have been an excellent choice for the BOV at any time, her appointment at this time of turmoil for the Academy is particularly important. With the the sea year
stand down cancellation and related SA/SH blood libel against the commercial maritime industry, having a recognized leader from that industry — who happens to also be female, an alumnus, and to have been involved in sea year at at time when female cadets were still a rarity in the industry — can only help bring much needed experience and knowledge to the table.