Ojard sets sights on retirementAdolph Ojard, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, announced plans to retire this year after serving in that leadership role for the past decade.
Adolph Ojard, executive director of the Duluth Seaway Port Authority, announced plans to retire this year after serving in that leadership role for the past decade.
A maritime transportation veteran, Ojard was named Port Authority executive director in March 2003. His retirement will end a career that spanned more than 30 years with transportation affiliates of the U.S. Steel Corp., where he held executive positions in rail, inland barging and Great Lakes shipping. He was president of the Warrior Gulf Navigation Co., in Alabama until 1997, when he became general manager of the DM&IR Railway and USS Great Lakes Fleet, regional railroad and vessel companies headquartered in Duluth.
Ojard also has been actively involved with maritime policymaking initiatives at the federal level in his role as president of the American Great Lakes Ports Association and, more recently, as chair of the U.S. Delegation of the American Association of Port Authorities. His work has impacted the harmonizing of ballast water regulations and emission standards plus harbor maintenance tax issues.
Ojard also chairs the Great Ships Initiative Advisory Committee, is a member of the U.S. DOT Maritime Transportation System National Advisory Committee and serves on the board of the Minnesota Agri-Growth Council.
“It’s an exciting time to be part of the maritime industry … which makes it a good time to retire, while I have energy to take on a new adventure … retirement,” said Ojard, who hopes to exit quietly from the shipping scene later this year.
“The Port Authority is in great shape. We’ve assembled an outstanding management team through the years. It’s been a privilege to work with this staff, our commissioners and the entire Twin Ports community. I’m confident that a new director will be warmly welcomed and feel as fortunate as I to have had this opportunity.”
A national search is underway for a new executive director. The board anticipates having that person hired by the end of summer or early fall. After a brief transitional time, Ojard will settle into retirement to enjoy more time with grandchildren and a few more rounds of golf each week.