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Interim Headmaster Welcome

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I am pleased to announce that Rear Admiral John E. Crowley, Jr., ’71, U.S. Coast Guard (retired), has accepted the position of Interim Headmaster of Saint Thomas Academy, effective August 1, 2019.

During his nearly 35-year career with the U.S. Coast Guard, Admiral Crowley gained extensive leadership, communication and problem-solving experience to serve and protect the United States and its coastal territories. He earned the trust and respect of the highest-ranking military officers, policymakers and elected officials, resulting in special appointments to lead many complex assignments vital to national security. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Admiral Crowley was hand-picked to help establish the Department of Homeland Security. He represented the Department in the development of our country’s first National Strategy for Maritime Security. During difficult circumstances throughout his career, Admiral Crowley’s leadership has always been founded on respect.

Admiral Crowley is a life-long learner and educator, with a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, a J.D. from American University and an extensive Curriculum Vitae of published articles and lectures domestically and internationally. He served as Academic Director of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard legal training schoolhouse, leading the overhaul of its training methodology.

As the Coast Guard’s Judge Advocate General, Admiral Crowley served as the primary legal advisor to the Commandant, head of the Military Justice system and leader of interdisciplinary teams worldwide. He succeeded in this role through effective communication, listening to his teams and providing resources critical for them to perform to expectations. Throughout his career, the Coast Guard’s values of honor, respect and devotion to duty guided him personally and as he evaluated others’ conduct.

Admiral Crowley served two years as the Commander/Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Coast Guard’s Great Lakes region. Collaborating with federal, state and Canadian officials, he led 6,900 personnel to protect our country’s borders and coastal territories.

After retiring from the Coast Guard in 2008, Admiral Crowley served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of APM Terminals, NA, Inc., and Executive Director of two national maritime trade associations.

Admiral Crowley’s leadership credentials, academic and human resources experience, collaboration skills, and independence make him exceptionally qualified to lead Saint Thomas Academy in an interim capacity. Admiral Crowley has a unique understanding of the opportunities and challenges before the school, having recently served on the Board of Trustees and at one time having walked the halls as a cadet himself.  

Please join me in congratulating John as our Interim Headmaster. He has the unequivocal trust, respect and support of the Board, to move Saint Thomas Academy onward. We look forward to welcoming John, his wife Ellen and four sons into our community soon.




Daniel E. Kubes ’87 
Chair, Board of Trustees