Maritime Webb Institute’s President to Retire

After nine years of service as Webb Institute’s president, R. Keith Michel plans to retire, effective June 30, 2022. 

Founded in 1889 by New York-based shipbuilder William H. Webb, Webb Institute is a top-ranked undergraduate institution specializing in naval architecture and marine engineering. Webb is the only full-tuition scholarship, private undergraduate program of its kind in the United States, with a maximum of 28 students accepted into the program each year.

Michel will leave a lasting influence on Webb, with major milestone accomplishments including a record-breaking $51.6 million in gifts and pledges; the design and construction of the state-of-the-art Couch Academic Center; and the expansion of the scholarship program to meet all demonstrated financial needs of incoming students, to name a few. Throughout Michel’s tenure, Webb has continued to maintain its academic rigor, high graduation rates and improved retention rates. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Michel has continued to ensure the safety of students and employees, as well as ensuring financial sustainability for Webb.

The search for the seventeenth president of Webb has been launched.

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