New superintendent takes helm at Coast Guard Academy; mother says he's always been dedicated

A new superintendent has taken the helm at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

Rear Adm. James Rendon became the academy's new leader at a ceremony Monday on the riverfront campus.

Rendon is the academy's 41st superintendent. He replaces Sandra Stosz, who became the first woman to lead a U.S. service academy and recently was promoted to vice admiral.

Coast Guard Vice Commandant Peter Neffenger presided over the ceremony, which was moved indoors because of rain.

The Day newspaper ( reports Rendon's mother, Madeline Rendon, says he always has dedicated himself to whatever job he had in the Coast Guard and she thought he might end up as the academy's superintendent.

Stosz has been assigned to a new role as deputy commandant for Coast Guard mission support.


This story has been corrected to show the new superintendent's surname is Rendon, not Reardon.


Information from: The Day,