Dr. Kumar was appointed the MARAD Deputy Associate Administrator and National Coordinator of Maritime Education and Training in November 2015.
Dr. Kumar brings together four decades of exceptional academic and maritime industry leadership experiences. He is the Founding Dean of the Loeb-Sullivan School of International Business and Logistics at the Maine Maritime Academy where he is an Emeritus Professor, and the 12th Chief Academic Officer at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy where he also served three terms as the Interim Superintendent.
As a Fulbright, Senior Specialist assigned to the Republic of Ireland in 2012, he assisted Irish public- private partners in their research capacity building initiatives.
He has held visiting professor appointments at the Indian Institute of Management (India), Memorial University (Canada), the World Maritime University (Sweden), the Shanghai Maritime University (China), and the Pontifical Catholic University (Puerto Rico).
Dr. Kumar has published extensively, including the thirteen most recent editions (2004-
2016) of Annual U.S. Merchant Marine and World Maritime Review for the U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings.
Dr. Kumar’s has received numerous accommodations for outstanding leadership including the U.S. Transportation Secretary’s Outstanding Achievement Gold Medal, and the Partnering for Excellence Award, DOT Ladder STEP Team (2016); Silver Medal for Executive Leadership (2010), the U.S. Maritime Service Distinguished Service Bronze Medal (2009), and USMMA Alumni Foundation (2012 and 2010) and USMMA Parents’ Association (2014 and 2010) leadership awards. Other commendations include MMA award for excellence in teaching (1992), first prize for new PhDs in transportation (1993), Maine International Innovator of the Year (1997), and Sam M. Walton Free Enterprise Fellowship (1998-2006).
Dr. Kumar earned a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Wales, U.K.; a Master of Science from the Maine Maritime Academy and a Bachelor of Science from the Indian Maritime Academy.