Perhaps because he has skills in both engineering and operations, May has been chosen for numerous challenging posts. As an engineer, he supervised the moving of the lighthouse on Block Island, and also a similar structure on Cape Cod. As an administrator, he served as assistant superintendent of the 1,000-student U.S. Coast Guard Academy, among other high-level posts.
May has exhibited energy and achievement in his three-decade career, and his interest in work and people has resulted in a full-time position in his “retirement.”
May is currently academy director at the Reading Police Academy, a state facility that trains police recruits to serve in law-enforcement positions in towns and small cities.
“Dan became a finalist for the job because of his work at the Coast Guard Academy,” said Daniel Zivkovich, executive director, Massachusetts Police Training Committee. “Since he’s been here, his experience has enabled him to learn the nuances of our program.
“He’s very personable, and good with the recruiting process. He has become a contributor in a short time,” he said.
Zivkovich and May will greet a new class of about 43 potential recruits in Reading in mid-September.
May said his priorities as chair of the Maritime Museum include continuing to work to preserve the historic building. Education is also an important aim, and he plans to ensure that all students in this area will have visited the museum by the time they graduate from high school.
“We also want to support preservation as a whole,” he said. “We appreciate our great history, and want the museum to be a meeting place for those who want to keep our maritime heritage alive.”