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Byron Marchant '78 Selected As President and CEO

ANNAPOLIS, MD – The Chairmen of the Boards of the U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation are pleased to announce the selection of Mr. Byron F. Marchant as the next President and CEO of the U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and the U. S. Naval Academy Foundation. 

In a joint statement the chairmen of the Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Naval Academy Foundation, Admiral Carlisle A. H. Trost, USN (Retired) and Admiral Charles R. Larson, USN (Retired) said, “We are very pleased with the process that enabled the search committee, under the leadership of Admiral Bob Natter, to review a large number of superbly qualified candidates and select Byron to lead our organization to the next level of success.  We could not have asked for a better leader to join our team during this exciting and challenging time.”

“I am deeply honored to have been selected the next President and CEO of the U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association & Foundation,” said Mr. Marchant.  “As a Naval Academy graduate, I share the Association and Foundation’s deep commitment to cultivating our nation’s next generation of leaders, particularly in these challenging times.  We need a strong Naval Academy more than ever, and more than ever the Naval Academy needs our support.  I look forward to serving our Alumni and engaging them to create enthusiasm among our diverse constituencies in support of the Naval Academy and Brigade of Midshipmen. I also look forward to working closely with our larger and valuable community of supporters to provide the Academy the margin of excellence it deserves to be the world’s premiere leadership institution.

“On the eve of the 109th Army-Navy game, I want to extend my sincere gratitude to our men and women of the armed forces, and to our Naval Academy alumni who have served or are serving our country in assignments around the world.  Further, I will be thinking of our wounded veterans and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the defense of our nation, during Army-Navy game festivities this weekend.  Their bravery and the sacrifice of their families, should be remembered by us all.”

“GO NAVY!  BEAT ARMY!” 

Prior to accepting this position, Mr. Marchant served as the Executive Vice President, General Counsel, & Chief Administrative Officer for Black Entertainment Television, Washington, DC.  He has also served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Annapolis-based Telecommunications Systems Inc., and Senior Legal Advisor to Federal Communications Commissioner Andrew Barrett.  Mr. Marchant graduated with distinction from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1978 earning a Bachelor of Science, Engineering & Political Systems; and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia Law School.  He was in the submarine service before transferring to the Naval Reserve in 1984 where he fulfilled numerous assignments in the Naval Reserve Intelligence program and obtained the rank of Commander in the U.S. Naval Reserves.

Byron F. Marchant '78 Biography

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