Texas Navy Academy hires new director for faith-based programs
In a move that has some in Texas and across the nation scratching their heads, the Texas Naval Academy announced on Tuesday it has hired a new director who previously served in the state’s governor’s office.
The move comes after the academy announced earlier this year that it would be closing its faith-focused programs in order to focus on other issues, including the war on drugs and climate change.
A spokesman for the academy said that the new director, Lt.
Col. Michael T. Homan, will be in charge of developing a new curriculum, curriculum development, and student development initiative.
He will also be in the process of building a leadership team that will help build on the successful efforts of the new president, said the spokesman, Capt. Paul R. Davis.
The academy’s president, Capt (ret.)
James R. Pendergast, said in a statement that Homan has a strong track record of success in building a school focused on mission-oriented learning.
Human previously served as the deputy secretary of the Texas Army National Guard and as a director of the University of Texas System and as president of the Association of the U.S. Naval Academy.
“He’s an accomplished leader who has led the Academy through numerous challenges,” Pendergarast said in the statement.
“He is passionate about his mission and vision for the Academy, and he’s a proven leader with a proven track record.”
The new superintendent, Capt Jeff L. Buechler, has previously been a board member of the Academy and a director at the University at Buffalo.
Homan has been in the Navy for 20 years, serving in the Naval Reserve, and his military career has spanned more than three decades.
He received his undergraduate degree from the Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, and then received his graduate degree from West Point, New York.