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Congressman Ruppersberger named new chairman of Naval Academy Board of Visitors

U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD02) during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol by the Maryland delegation regarding the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak Tue., Mar., 10, 2020. (Karl Merton Ferron/(Baltimore Sun Staff)
U.S. Rep. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (D-MD02) during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol by the Maryland delegation regarding the COVID-19, novel coronavirus outbreak Tue., Mar., 10, 2020. (Karl Merton Ferron/(Baltimore Sun Staff) (Karl Merton Ferron / Baltimore Sun)

U.S. Rep. Dutch Ruppersberger is the new chairman of the Naval Academy Board of Visitors.

The board unanimously elected Ruppersberger, D-Baltimore County, as chairman at its livestreamed meeting Monday.

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Ruppersberger, who serves on the Defense Appropriations Committee, has served as the board’s vice chair since April 2019 and has been on the board since 2009.

“The Naval Academy trains men and women to be officers of competence, character and compassion – values our country needs in its leaders now more than ever,” Ruppersberger said.

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“The members of this board are tasked not only with advocacy, but oversight, and that is a responsibility I take seriously. I am deeply humbled to accept this leadership position and help guide one of our nation’s most prestigious institutions.”

He replaces Christine Fox, a former acting Deputy Secretary of Defense and four-year board member.

Other new members of the board sworn in Monday were Tony Parker as vice-chair, Rep. Anthony Brown, Adm. Joseph Walsh and Jonathan Hiler.

The Board of Visitors meets multiple times each year, trading locations between Washington, D.C. and the Naval Academy, and is tasked with asking about the school’s “morale, discipline, curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs [and] academic methods” under federal code. It is required to visit the school once a year and issue a written report to the President of the United States within 60 days with “views and recommendations.”

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