Former MCC President Brings Experience to Maritime Academy

By Federico Martinez

Muskegon – Retired educator Dr. Frank Marczak didn’t hesitate when asked to serve as board president of the new K-5 Naval-based Charter School, Muskegon Maritime Academy opening this fall.

Dr. Marczak, who retired as president of Muskegon Community College in 2005, made the commitment after academy founder Franklin Fudail shared alarming reports that 61 percent of third-graders in Muskegon County are not reading at grade level.

“You can’t argue with the numbers,” Dr. Marczak said. “I believe this academy can be a change agent and I have faith we can get there. This issue is close to my heart.”

The new charter school will be the first Naval academy in Muskegon County. The school will be partnering with the United States Naval Sea Cadets Corps for a youth leadership development program that will be incorporated into the curriculum at the school.

The academy is based on military principles that will emphasize discipline, and self-esteem building exercises, Dr. Marczak said. The curriculum will focus on developing reading and math skills in combination with water education and maritime research. Boys and girls will be taught separately.

Mr. Fudail said Dr. Marczak’s educational experience makes him the perfect choice to steer the academy’s board.

The naval connection piqued his interest in the new charter school, Dr. Marczak admits.

“When I was in high school, I participated in an ROTC program offered by the U.S. Army,” Dr. Marczak said. “I grew up in a small, upper peninsula town where underground mining was the only career option if you didn’t go to college.”

His participation in the ROTC program earned him a college scholarship and he later served in the U.S. Navy as an (NROTC) midshipman while attending the University of Michigan.

A longtime educator, Dr. Marczak began his career as a teacher in the Flint Public School District. He later accepted a position with CS Mott Community College in Flint as an instructor of Physics and Mathematics. He arrived at MCC in 1975 as associate dean for math, science, technology, and physical education. He was later appointed vice-president and dean of faculty before being named college president in 1995.

After retiring from MCC, he served as Executive Director of the USS Silversides Submarine Museum for 5-years.

“If the discipline is there and the military is involved, we’ll see action,” Dr. Marczak said. “We’ve really been astounded by the interest shown by parents and educators.”

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11 Responses to "Former MCC President Brings Experience to Maritime Academy"

  1. Georgia Ann Moss   June 28, 2022 at 6:25 pm

    Welcome Dr. Marczak.

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  2. Frank P Marczak   June 28, 2022 at 9:50 pm

    Thank you Ms. Moss. I hope the MMA will be game changer for many young students in the Muskegon area.

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  3. Mary Williams   June 28, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    Congratulations Dr. M
    What A wonderful choice. We can see greatñess as being the end results.

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  4. Paul Boscarino   June 29, 2022 at 6:38 am

    Congratulations, Frank – a perfect fit for your formidable skills and interests.

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  5. Mary McDonald   June 29, 2022 at 10:01 pm

    Dear Dr Marczak… Frank I am thrilled to be able to follow you efforts.

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  6. Bev Mills   June 30, 2022 at 9:05 am

    Dr. Marczak … so good to ‘see’ you again … What a wonderful opportunity for you to share all your knowledge and expertise!! Hope to run into you again at some point … It’s been awhile! Best Wishes …

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  7. Charles Rix   June 30, 2022 at 9:59 am

    May God bless the work of your capable hands and the big heart you have, Dr Marczak.
    Let me know how I can help, Frank.
    Warm regards,
    Charles Rix

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  8. Steve Warmington   June 30, 2022 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you Frank for your continued leadership for our community. What a great opportunity for our children. Win win.

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  9. Erin Kenny   June 30, 2022 at 10:55 pm

    It appears you can’t keep a good man down (or retired, maybe)! Congratulations Dr. Marczak and what an awesome opportunity for our community and our community’s youth! Great things ahead! Best wishes on this next chapter and your success!!

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  10. Kathy Beachum   July 1, 2022 at 11:46 am

    So happy to hear this Frank!! If anyone could be a change agent for these students it would be YOU!

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  11. Joyce Hesling   July 1, 2022 at 11:37 pm

    Dr. FRnk Marczak, its great to see you are still out there helping education where needed.

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