J. Luce Foundation Hosts ‘Nexus N.Y.’ Luncheon For Academic Partners

New York, N.Y. The executive team of the J. Luce Foundation facilitated a lunch meeting for three of its institutional partners — Marietta College, Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), and SUNY Maritime College — to discuss what mutual synergies exist to create active collaboration.

Hosted by foundation president Jim Luce the day after the foundation’s 19th Annual Leadership Awards Dinner at the Princeton Club in Manhattan, the luncheon created an amazing synergy billed as “Nexus New York!”  The J. Luce Leadership Centre @ CMU (page) is scheduled to open this June with a delegation from Marietta College to be present.

55540622_3145537105471800_8481140291548479488_oL-R: CMU President Dr. Fritz Pinnock, SUNY Maritime Provost Dr. Joseph Hoffman,
Foundation president Jim Luce, Marietta College President Dr. William Ruud,
Marietta College Associate Director of Major Gifts Douglas Evans, and CMU
Communications Director Archibald Gordon. 
Photo: The Stewardship Report.

During the meeting, representatives of the institutions discussed specific ways to collaborate. Looking to the future, they will explore the possibility of CMU midshipmen participating in SUNY Maritime’s summer second sailing with 100 empty berths and CMU’s request for retiring vessels to be used for midshipmen housing in Kingston, Jamaica.

In addition, those assembled explored opportunities for qualified Marietta College students to co-direct with CMU and Princeton University students of The Luce Leadership Centre at CMU for Summer 2019.

54729797_3145536722138505_8172482243483140096_oFeeling the amazing synergy billed as “Nexus New York!,” Jim Luce gets
expressive at The Princeton Club. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

The foundation has a deep and growing relationship with these three institutions. The foundation partnership with Marietta College includes supporting Marietta College’s McDonough Leadership Center and Annual Spring Conference.

The foundation has committed to raising a $1.5 million leadership endowment for Luce Leaders at Marietta College. Several of the college’s students and faculty will participate in our Luce Leadership Experience Jamaica 2019 to be held in June.

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The Luce Leadership Centre @ CMU is in coordination with The American Caribbean Maritime Foundation of New York (ACMF), Geneive Brown Metzger, founder and president. Jim Luce sits on the Board of Directors of themerican Caribbean Maritime Foundation (link).

The J. Luce Foundation has a years-long partnership with Marietta College as well (link). Jim Luce received the Center’s Mister Mac Award for Excellence in Leadership four years ago. During his campus visit in 2015, Jim and the McDonough faculty and staff discussed concrete steps to develop the partnership.

55551973_3145538012138376_6551313311093227520_oAlso attending the luncheon was foundation executive Director Chloe Hoang,
development director Nigel Roberts, and Orphans International interim director
Bix Saibor Luce. Marietta College professor Dr. William Bauer, also a member of the
Board of the J. Luce Foundation, attended the dinner. Photo: The Stewardship Report.

The foundation is collaborating with CMU to open the first Luce Leadership Centre on the Kingston campus, as well as offering an online Doctor of Management program. Together, they will facilitate the inclusion of two American undergraduate Princeton University students as co-directors on campus for Summer 2019 of the leadership center.

Meanwhile, the foundation’s relationship with SUNY Maritime in the Bronx continues to develop from the foundation’s support of the institution’s leadership program. We have also played a role in facilitating the exchange of midshipmen between SUNY Maritime and CMU.

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The J. Luce Foundation awarded this winter its first Rear Adm. Stephen B. Luce Award for Maritime Excellence, named in honor of Commodore Luce, a naval education reformer and modernizer who rose through the ranks of the U.S. Navy during the American Civil War to establish the Naval War College at Newport, R.I. in 1884 and the U.S. Naval Institute in 1887, and played a vital role in establishing what is known today as SUNY Maritime College.

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We appreciate the leadership of Jim Luce and the J. Luce Foundation – and are delighted that Jim has been appointed Adjunct Professor to the Caribbean Maritime University,” CMU C0mmunications Director Archibald Gordon states. “We are excited to see the Luce Leadership Centre opening on CMU’s campus.”

Looking ahead, foundation Executive Director Chloe Hoang states, “We expect to join CMU in a ribbon-cutting ceremony June 18 at the Luce Leadership Centre on the campus of CMU in Kingston, Jamaica!”

55455283_3145539818804862_1779809953263910912_oPhoto: The Stewardship Report.


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Nigel Roberts
Nigel Roberts is the Communications Committee Chair of the J. Luce Foundation. He's also a communications consultant and freelance writer. His clients have included (now retired) U.S. Congressman Ed Towns.

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