150th Annual Meeting Was One For The Ages
On Wednesday, 10 May, members and friends of the Naval Institute gathered at the Jack C. Taylor Conference Center for our 150th Annual Meeting. Award-winning naval historian Craig L. Symonds expertly helped us appreciate our important history. Our award winners, authors of the year, and a discussion with three active-duty Proceedings authors inspired us for the future.
Here, in our 150th year, the state of the Institute is strong!
• Our nonpartisan, open, and independent forum of Proceedings is thriving.
• The American Sea Power Project, now in its third year, continues to produce both foundational articles and new thinking on the ends, ways, and means of sea power.
• The Naval Institute Press—celebrating its 125th year—is publishing great new titles and embarking on an exciting digital textbook project that will transform the way we deliver content to our educational partners and members.
• Our conferences and events have emerged from the COVID-19 environment and are reaching a wider audience than ever before.
• We welcomed the members of the Naval Historical Foundation, who became members of the Naval Institute and now receive our best-in-class Naval History magazine.
• The Jack C. Taylor Conference Center is getting rave reviews and is ahead of plan for bookings.
• We have expanded our offerings and improved our reach and impact across the board.
• Reach and readership continue to grow at a rapid pace.
• Online pageviews of Naval Institute content hit a record in 2022.
• The Naval Institute has the largest social media presence among all professional military membership organizations.
• Ten years in, USNI News has succeeded in giving our members, the Sea Services, and the American public an unbiased, fact-based source they can trust for naval news.
• Our financial balance sheet at the beginning of 2023 is the strongest in my tenure as CEO.
If you missed it, you can watch the Annual Meeting in its entirety at www.usni.org/annualmeeting.
Save the Date! 9 October
On 9 October, we will celebrate our 150th anniversary in style at the Jack C. Taylor Conference Center! You will not want to miss this event. Since our humble first meeting in the Naval Academy’s physics and chemistry building on 9 October 1873, the Institute has always been headquartered at the U.S. Naval Academy. In 1884, we moved to our first dedicated location—Lyceum Hall, later renamed Naval Institute Hall. Later we moved to Mahan Hall; then Carter Hall (formerly Maury Hall); then Preble Hall for 71 years; and to our current headquarters at Beach Hall in 1999. The Naval Institute’s home always has been—and, thanks to a 1938 Act of Congress, always will be—the Naval Academy Yard. We hope you will Save the Date for 9 October to celebrate 150 years—to the day—of Naval Institute heritage. Reserve your ticket by going to www.150celebration.usni.org.