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  April 5th, 2022 | Written by

American Association of Port Authorities and Lamar University Renew Partnership

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Washington, D.C. – The American Association of Port Authorities (AAPA) and Lamar University (LU) have renewed their agreement to partner in the delivery of advanced education to future port industry leaders through LU’s fully online Master of Science in Port and Terminal Management. The agreement updates and renews the Memorandum of Understanding initially entered in June 2016, reflecting a shared commitment in the preparation of port and marine terminal industry leaders for their future challenges and opportunities.

Headquartered in Washington, D.C., AAPA is the unified voice of the seaport industry in the Americas, representing more than 130 public port authorities in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, and Latin America. AAPA’s Professional Development Board, chaired by Dr. Noel Hacegaba, Deputy Executive Director, Port of Long Beach, led this initiative for the Association.

“Lamar University’s Center for Port Management fulfills our industry’s long-standing dream of having an academic venue to gain both the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary to successfully prepare the next generation of port leaders,” Dr. Hacegaba said.

AAPA President and CEO Chris Connor stated, “To meet the changing demands of the global supply chain and the recent substantial investment in U.S. infrastructure, the port industry must continually evolve. There has never been a more important time to collaborate with colleges and universities to prepare the next generation of our industry’s leaders. Lamar University’s Center and its singular advanced degree in port and terminal management is what port professionals of the future need today.”

Mr. Connor added, “The agreement also enables port professionals certified through AAPA’s Professional Port Manager program to earn credit hours towards the completion of Lamar’s Port and Terminal Master’s Degree program.”

Home to 17,000 students, Lamar University is in Beaumont, Texas, and a member of the Texas State University System. LU’s Center for Advances in Port Management was established by the State of Texas in Fall 2015. CAPM is the first of three university Signature Centers, which also include the Center for Resiliency and the Center for Midstream Management.

CAPM’s primary purpose is the online delivery of advanced education for port and marine terminal professionals. The Center also sponsors industry-relevant research, continuing education, and certifications.

Fully half of the Center’s twelve-course, port master’s degree curriculum is taught by industry experts. The other half is taught by LU faculty from the MBA program, and the Industrial and Systems Engineering Department. The active participation of industry experts, as adjuncts and guest lecturers, is the key differentiator of Lamar’s Port and Terminal Master’s Degree program. The fact that the program is fully online allows the Center to access both industry experts and students throughout the U.S. and globally.

CAPM has been led since its inception by Erik Stromberg. Mr. Stromberg has nearly four decades of experience in the port industry, highlighted by his decade-long tenure as CEO of the American Association of Port Authorities and subsequent ten-year service as CEO of the North Carolina State Ports Authority.

Lamar University’s new President, Dr. Jaime Taylor, emphasized the Center for Port Management represents the commitment of the University to strong collaboration with industry and government. “The Center for Port Management demonstrates the benefits of strong and effective academic and industry integration in preparing the next generation of port and marine terminal industry leaders,” President Taylor said. He continued, “Such integration is fundamental to the success of the Center’s master’s degree, and its continuing education and research programs.”

Mr. Stromberg concluded, “Our master’s degree is aimed at enhancing leadership opportunities for port and terminal industry working professionals. In addition, we have found strong interest from those in related careers who desire management positions in the port and marine terminal industry.”