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FROM YOUR CLASS PRESIDENT: 2 May 18
Dear Classmates and Class Members,
One of the privileges of Class Presidents is to become an accredited member of the USNA Alumni Council of Class Presidents (COCP). The COCP meets twice a year Spring and Fall. It is organized into decades, 50, 60, 70, .... 17. Six (6) decade members are chosen to sit on the USNA Alumni Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is responsible for all non-appropriated funding for the Naval Academy and is the lead organization for handling all funding arrangements, primarily annual donations and major gifts. Hence, it is a significant responsibility.
The key staff members of the academy make bi-annual presentations to the COCP: Superintendent, Director of Athletics, Academic Dean, as well as presentations from other departments and sub-elements who need support from the Alumni organization represented by the Class Presidents.
The Superintendent in his presentation did touch on two recent front page news articles, in Annapolis and Washington, D.C., and likely made newspapers across the 50 states; drugs and inappropriate language of a racist nature. Due to the latter, there was a dismissal, as the mid involved clearly was not going to make it at the academy. As to the drug involvement, the investigation is on-going. The Academy was aware, and NIS had had agents investigating the problem for sometime prior to the press announcements. The Superintendents recount of the situation indicated the investigation was ongoing and there would be more to the story, but that it was well in hand.
You may have noted that the Naval Academy is being mentioned as a leading publicly funded institution in the realm of academic standings. In that regard, the Academy showed a study of relevance where the Naval Academy stands number 1, a comparison of total cost, 4 years, STEM, and retention. Navy was hands down number 1. How about that!