BGen Kevin Stewart, USMC (Ret) appointed CEO of Carolina Museum of the Marine | Al Gray Civic Institute

Jacksonville, NC – Brigadier General Kevin Stewart, USMC (Ret), has been appointed by the Board of Directors of Carolina Museum of the Marine | Al Gray Civic Institute to serve as the organization’s first chief executive officer (CEO) after a nationwide search process. General Stewart will start with the organization on September 6, 2022.

“General Stewart is an exceptional leader,” said Mark Cramer, acting chair of the board of directors.  Cramer served as the chair of the organization’s CEO search committee which convened in November 2021.  “We had some excellent candidates,” Cramer continued. “General Stewart truly stood out. He is a Carolina Marine whose commitment to our mission is undergirded by growing up in a Marine Corps family including living and going to school at Camp LeJeune followed by more than thirty years of service in the United States Marine Corps.”

Stewart retired from the United States Marine Corps in 2021 as the Director, Global Operations Center, U.S. Transportation Command.  He most recently was Director of the supply chain operations center at Angliotech, LLC a veteran owned small business. His billets immediately prior to U.S. Transportation Command included Commanding General of 2d Marine Logistics Group at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune and Chief of Staff for the Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics, HQ USMC.  Stewart served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.  

Stewart’s roots in North Carolina go beyond the Marine Corps.  He holds a degree in business administration from North Carolina State University and he attended the Advanced Program at the Center of Excellence in Logistics and Technology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Stewart also holds master’s degrees in Information Technology Management from the Naval Post Graduate School and in Supply Chain Management at Pennsylvania State University. 

“The mission of Carolina Museum of the Marine | Al Gray Civic Institute is of critical importance to our Marines, their supportive local communities, the State of North Carolina, and our nation’s citizens,” Stewart said. “I am honored to be chosen for this position and excited about the opportunity to lead this effort.”

Stewart is filling the newly created CEO position which the board of directors established after the State of North Carolina in late 2021 appropriated $26M to construct the museum.  As the project enters this new phase, Stewart will spearhead the multi-year construction of the 40,000 sq. ft. museum and the further development of the institute. Ashley Danielson who has served as the organization’s executive director has moved into the role of vice president of development to expand the organization’s critical fundraising activities.  “We are excited about this next phase for our organization,” Danielson said.  “For more than two decades, our committed supporters, volunteers and colleagues have continued to move this project forward.  There are those like our director of operations, SgtMaj Joe Houle, USMC (Ret.), who has served as the face of the organization since its inception, and who can now see all those years of effort coming to fruition.  Much remains to be done, but we are extremely fortunate to have the leadership, resources and support to succeed.”

“General Stewart will hit the ground running as we update our architectural and engineering plans, complete other pre-construction activities, begin vertical construction and expand the educational programs of the Al Gray Civic Institute,” said Cramer.  “We thank our volunteer CEO search committee members for their commitment to finding the best leader for this next phase of our mission. We also owe a deep debt of gratitude to our dedicated staff for all they have done and will continue to do as we move forward.  Lastly, we must also thank the State of North Carolina for its $26M construction grant that is critical to making the Carolina Museum of the Marine ǀ Al Gray Civic Institute a reality.”

Carolina Museum of the Marine | Al Gray Civic Institute is headquartered in Jacksonville, NC.  Its mission is to honor the legacy of Carolina Marines and Sailors, sustain the ideals that are the foundation of our nation, and to inspire principled, committed citizens.  Their website is   

Posted on: August 4, 2022
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