HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The new superintendent of the Coast Guard Academy says its students are smart, energetic, enthusiastic — and in some ways very different from cadets of his generation.
Rear Adm. James Rendon became the academy's 41st superintendent at a ceremony this week. He said in an interview that cadets today are much more engaging and full of questions for senior officers.
Rendon said he was spending his first week immersed in briefs on issues facing the academy, including the challenge of recruiting and retaining a diverse corps of cadets.
This year's graduating class was celebrated as the most diverse ever, with 33 percent representing minorities, but the academy has struggled to attract African-Americans.