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    Retiring Coast Guard Academy Superintendent to Take Presidency at Virginia University

    Retiring Coast Guard Academy Superintendent to Take Presidency at Virginia University

    Christopher Newport University has named Rear Adm. William G. Kelly, Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, as its sixth president. Kelly will retire from his 36-year career with the Coast Guard and take the helm at the university in Newport News on July 1.

    The appointment comes after a yearlong search for a replacement for Paul Trible Jr., who retired in summer 2022 after leading the university for 26 years. University Chief of Staff Adelia P. Thompson is serving as Interim President.

    “President-Select William Kelly exemplifies a life of distinguished service,” said university Rector Lindsey Carney Smith. “His dedication to the principles of scholarship, a life of purpose, and to student success makes him the perfect compassionate leader for Christopher Newport as the university begins its next chapter.”

    Kelly, 57, became Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in  , Connecticut, in 2019.

    “Christopher Newport values scholarship, leadership, compassion, service, community — these same core values have guided me throughout my life and are closely aligned with the Academy I currently have the privilege of leading,” said Kelly. “Like Christopher Newport, the Academy is dedicated to developing leaders of character who are well grounded in the sciences and humanities, and committed to a life of service and significance in their communities and the nation. I look forward…

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