Thanks to several generous corporate donors, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy was able to bolster its Leadership and Ethics programs, which helped provide invaluable instruction to cadets that otherwise, would not be possible.
In 2008, BAE Systems pledged to give $250,000 to the Academy over four years for leadership and ethics programs. Since 2009, SAIC has given the Academy $150,000 for similar programming at the Academy. Last year, Lockheed Martin Corporation donated $25,000 to the fund for future projects.
The BAE grant allowed the Academy to hire a faculty member who is an expert in ethics for the 2009-2010 academic year. Dr. Christopher Hudspeth, a post-doctoral fellow in ethics and leadership, developed innovative ways of teaching these vital subjects to cadets, who are the future officer corps.
In addition to hiring Dr. Hudspeth, the BAE grant was used to start the Center for Teaching, a new effort that was established to invest in the leadership development of faculty members. The Academy also was able to fund an off-site retreat for its Chaplains and Company Chiefs to prepare instructions for incoming cadet classes.
The SAIC grant was used to implement a variety of ethics and leadership training curriculum. The programs made possible by these gifts included: leadership training for third-class cadets onboard the USCGC Eagle during their summer cruise; mentoring programs at the Academy; as well as improved assessments of second-class cadets' experience in the Coastal Sail Training program.