The Landing School, the country’s oldest boat-building and marine-industry training school, has appointed Sean Fawcett to serve as the school’s next president, effective July 1.
Fawcett joined The Landing School, based in Arundel, Me., in 2013 as senior yacht design instructor and has served as dean of education since 2018.
“I am honored to have been chosen to lead such a well-respected and storied institution,” Fawcett said in a statement. “The Landing School is a very special place and I have seen it change lives. I am very proud of the students who graduate here and go on to rewarding careers and important positions in the marine industry.”
Fawcett grew up sailing on Maine’s Penobscot Bay and racing out of Marblehead, Mass. After graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, he began his yacht design career with Pedrick Yacht Designs in Newport, R.I., where he was involved in the design of IOR maxi boat yachts as well as America’s Cup Yachts, most notably Stars and Stripes 87.
“Every president of the school is entrusted with the responsibility of keeping the school relevant, and it is a special privilege to have the opportunity to lead this school and our students into the future,” Fawcett said.
Fawcett will succeed Richard Downs-Honey, who as served as The Landing School’s president since 2018. “I learned, as the students do, it’s not about the boat. We all come excited to design or build a favored boat, to work on engines or explore the world of composites. But The Landing School is about the boatbuilders, not the boats,” said Mr. Downs-Honey. “It is truly a transformational experience for many who attend, whether fresh out of high school or switching careers . . . I leave grateful for having had the opportunity to give our students a wonderful set of rewarding opportunities in the marine industry.”
The Landing School was founded in 1978 and is the first school of its type to be accredited by The Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges and offers four programs of study: wooden boat building, yacht design, marine systems and composite boat building.