The rumor mill says that Deputy Maritime Administrator Michael Rodriguez, KP ’79, will be the next superintendent of Texas Maritime. Having done Chip Jaenichen’s bidding for the past two years — supporting the sea year
stand down cancellation and the effort to fund state school ships at the expense of USMMA, he apparently will now be collecting his reward.
Since the heads of the state maritime schools lobby Congress and MARAD for funding, it will be interesting to see how he gets around the statutory prohibition against lobbying an agency after leaving the agency. Rest assured, we’ll be watching for those lobbying efforts.