Ernest J. Fink

Captain Ernest J. Fink is Dean of Maritime Education and Training and Chair of the Department of Professional Education and Training. In addition to teaching several STCW courses, he manages an array of Coast Guard-approved professional mariner training courses and the college’s two associate degree and limited license programs. In addition, he oversees the Coast Guard licensing process for graduating students.

  • B.S. in Meteorology and Oceanography, SUNY Maritime College

  • M.S. in International Transportation Management, SUNY Maritime College

  • Unlimited Deck Officer's License, U.S. Merchant Marine

  • Since 2016, represents state maritime academies on the federal Merchant Marine Personnel Advisory Committee 


Before joining Maritime College, Captain Fink served in a variety of executive, management and technical positions with the United States Coast Guard for nearly 32 years. He is a recognized leader in maritime safety and security. During his Coast Guard career, Captain Fink served as Captain of the Port, Officer-in-Charge, Marine Inspection, Commander Coast Guard Forces and Federal On-Scene Coordinator leading international, national and regional level programs. He also served for seven years as Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard’s National Maritime Center, managing and supervising more than 500 military, civilian and contractor personnel with a budget in excess of $21 million to administer the Coast Guard’s Merchant Marine Licensing and Documentation Program. Prior to his tour in Washington, DC, Captain Fink served as Commanding Officer, Marine Safety Office, Pittsburgh, PA, and as Chief, Merchant Vessel Safety Branch in Boston, MA.

Honors & Awards
  • 2014 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching

  • Two U.S. Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medals

  • Three U.S. Coast Guard Commendation Medals

  • Three U.S. Coast Guard Achievement Medals

  • 2007-2015, served as chairman of the Maritime Academy Council

  • Represented International Association of Maritime Universities at the International Maritime Organization 

  • Served as a state maritime academy representative on the U.S. delegation to the IMO

  • STCW Basic Training

  • Leadership (LEAD 101)

  • Various STCW courses for professional mariners