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Executive Dean

Dr. John Tymitz

John Tymitz is the past president of the Institute of Shipboard Education and is a member of the Board of Trustees.

Dr. Tymitz served as the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Shipboard Education until February 2007. He served as a faculty member for Chapman College’s World Campus Afloat in 1972 and as the Associate Director of Operations from 1973-75.

In 1976 he was the co-founder of the Institute for Shipboard Education, serving as the Director of Administrative Affairs until 1984. In 1984 he was appointed Executive Director; in 1997 the Board of Directors changed his title to Chief Executive Officer.

He has sailed on 12 shipboard education voyages around the world serving as the Executive Dean and teaching a course on U.S. Diplomatic History. His teaching experience includes serving as an Assistant Professor of History at the University of Central Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University. He has his B.A. and M.A. from Southern Illinois University and received his Ph.D. in 1973 from Oklahoma State University.

Dr. Tymitz has served on the Brother Brother Foundation board since 2001 serving as the Vice Chair for two years and the Chair for two years.  He is now head of their Education committee.  In 2009 he was elected to the Board of Mitchell College in Connecticut and serves as the Chair of the Academic and Student Affairs Committee.  In 2013 Dr. Tymitz was elected Chair of the Global Nomads group in New York City and recently visited two of their programs in Qatar and Amman, Jordan.

  • 2014-2018
  • Co-Founder of the Institute for Shipboard Education
  • Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Advancement Committee
  • Governance & Nominating Committee
  • Scenario Planning Committee