Scherer Named Director of Seattle Maritime Academy
Scherer took the helm of Seattle Maritime Academy as its new director this month after a well-rounded career in the maritime industry. The maritime industry veteran has ambitious plans for the Ballard campus, part of Seattle Central College.
Scherer's responsibilities include educational leadership and administrative management of the academy. She has experience helping nontraditional students earn GEDs and training adult mariners to stay current with industry regulations. This background will help her foster a conducive learning environment for adult learners.
Another goal is to ensure students are prepared to meet the U.S. Coast Guard's changing requirements for credentials to work in international waters. Two new grant-funded programs will support apprenticeships and introduce high school students to maritime career opportunities will also launch this year under Scherer's leadership.
Scherer has nearly 25 years of experience in the maritime industry, including positions in hydrographic research, fishing vessel operations and oil spill response with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). She has also held training, safety and operations positions with commercial maritime companies.
Scherer earned a bachelor's degree in Marine Sciences from Texas A&M University at Galveston, and a Master of Arts in Applied Behavioral Science in Coaching and Consulting in Organizations from Bastyr University.