Rear Admiral William G. Kelly, a distinguished alumnus of Stepinac High School (Class of ’83), was recently named the 42nd Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy (USCGA).
Currently Assistant Commandant for Human Resources of the U.S. Coast Guard, he will assume his new duties net summer to lead one of the federal government’s five service academies, whose roots go back to America’s founding.
The first of five brothers of a Yonkers family to graduate from the all-boys Catholic high school, Kelly distinguished himself at Stepinac academically as well as on the championship Crusaders varsity football team as quarterback.
Graduating from the USCGA in 1987, he earned his Master’s Degree in Instructional Systems Design from Florida State University and a Certificate in Human Resource Management.
Rear Admiral Kelly is a Cutterman with more than ten years of service at sea, including two command tours on the cutters, USCGC Seneca and USCGC Monomoy. As Executive Officer of the USCGC Spencer, he prepared and successfully led the crew for deployment with the U.S. Navy’s 6th Fleet in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. The Spencer also stood watch protecting the ports of New York and Boston in the days following the 9/11 attacks.
His major awards include the Legion of Merit (3), Meritorious Service Medal (4), the Coast Guard Commendation Medal (6), the Coast Guard Achievement Medal and the permanent Cutterman’s Pin and the Federal Government’s Distance Learning Association Diamond Award for Leadership in Distance Learning.
In September 2017, Rear Admiral Kelly returned to Stepinac to address juniors and seniors about a subject he knows best—leadership, values and the importance for young people to express gratitude to all who help them.
“No one gets where they are by themselves. Whether it is your parents, teachers, coaches—all of them help you become better—so be sure to thank them,” Rear Admiral Kelly passionately told the students who were assembled in the school’s Major Bowes Auditorium for his presentation which also included an overview of the Coast Guard’s mission and operations.
In 1790, Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers and the first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, proposed the formation of the Revenue Marine, a seagoing military service that would enforce customs and navigation laws, collect tariffs, hail in-bound ships, make inspections and certify manifests.
The Coast Guard Academy was formally founded in 1876. Based in New London, Connecticut, its mission is to prepare future Coast Guard officers for service to the nation.
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