The Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) announced recently that Mark Heward has been named its new director.

Heward joined MITAGS in October 2022, after he retired after 22 years with the Royal Navy.

“We are thrilled to welcome Mark Heward aboard as the director of MITAGS.  Mark’s underway time, leadership, management, and training experience together with being fully STCW qualified and his continuing education experience are a rare combination,” said Eric Friend, MITAGS executive director.  “Mark’s wide range of experience and his interpersonal skills will benefit our entire organization and the MITAGS stakeholders as we continue to move forward and grow.”

Heward joined the Royal Navy in 2001, where he undertook fleet time on HM ships Coventry, Somerset and Grimsby.

Heward has extensive maritime security (MarSy) and force protection (FP) experience. Promoted in 2013, he completed his Principal Warfare Officer training and served on HM ships Westminster and Somerset as operations officer. During his time with the Royal Navy, he also served as a navigating officer. Heward concluded his time in the Royal Navy commanding Mine Counter Measures Squadron 2 Crew 1.

After coming to the U.S, Heward served at the U.S. Naval Academy as the operations officer from July 2020 until August 2022. He taught advanced navigation and commanded the U.S. Navy Yard Patrol Craft at sea as officer in tactical command, where he was responsible for up to 160 midshipmen and staff.

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