Meet the Maritime Staff

Associate Vice Chancellor and Superintendent of Maritime

Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Stauffer

John Stauffer, associate vice chancellor and superintendent of maritimeChief Stauffer oversees both the credit and noncredit maritime programs at the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus. His mission is to help more military veterans transition into maritime careers by earning maritime transportation associate degrees and grow the maritime pipeline from high school to college.

Over the course of his 22 years in the U.S. Army, Chief Stauffer became a captain and was deployed three times to the Persian Gulf from 2001-2012, serving as Commander of the U.S. Army's largest ship from 2011-2012. Following the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Chief Stauffer assisted in humanitarian efforts and the reopening of Port-au-Prince as Commander of the U.S. Army’s Harbor Master Team. He served as director of the U.S. Army’s Europe Sea Section in Germany from 2012-2015 before transitioning into his most recent position in the Maritime Operations Branch in Virginia, overseeing 32 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG)-approved courses.

His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, four Army Commendation Medals, a Navy Commendation Medal and four Army Achievement Medals. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Saint Leo University and a master’s degree in business administration from Liberty University. His licenses and certifications include a Master 200 GRT Upon Oceans, Apprentice Mate (Steersman) of Towing Vessels Upon Oceans, USCG Qualified Assessor and Lean Six Sigma Green Belt.

Administrative Assistants

Jessica Garcia, Executive Administrative Assistant
281-998-6150 ext. 6458

Monica Fuentes, Sr. Administrative Assistant


Krissy Murray, Coordinator, Education/Workforce

Krissy Murray

Ms. Krissy Murray works on the credit side of Maritime assisting, providing resources to, and guiding students through the program from entry to completion.

Krissy, daughter of a US NAVY Veteran, is a Stephen F. Austin State University Lumberjack Alumna who graduated with a B.A. degree in Psychology. She started her professional career at San Jac Central in 2007 with the Enrollment Services office. Since then, she has gained experience in many different areas of higher education ranging from recruiting, international student advising, retention, compliance and transfer coordination. She has always been fascinated by the various technical, hands-on programs San Jac offers. Thus, she enjoys educating the community about the amazing career opportunities available to them when they pursue the Maritime Transportation Associate of Applied Science degree. Krissy is passionate about diversity, equity, inclusion and empowering people to take active roles in achieving their personal goals. Contact Krissy if you're interested in learning more about the AAS program.


Captain Amy Arrowood, Director of Maritime Credit Program

Arrowood oversees all aspects of the credit program, which awards the Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Transportation.

Amy is a graduate of Texas A&M University Galveston and has over 20 years experience in the maritime industry. She currently holds a 2nd Mate Unlimited tonnage, Oceans license, as well as 1600 Master. She also holds a Tankership PIC endorsement. Capt. Arrowood has sailed US flag vessels both coastwide and internationally. She completed three years of active duty as a commissioned officer in the United States Coast Guard and was awarded the Coast Guard Commendation Medal. She is approved to teach over 30 maritime courses at San Jacinto College.

Edward Horton, Director of Maritime Commercial Program

Edward HortonMr. Edward C Horton oversees all aspects of the Commercial Maritime Program and is responsible for instruction of all United States Coast Guard-approved courses at the San Jacinto College Maritime Campus and with the Continuing Professional Development program.  Mr. Horton comes to San Jacinto College by way of teaching Mariners at Mid Atlantic Maritime Academy in Norfolk, Virginia for the past 8 years where he was the Deck Department Head and Lead Instructor of all Deck courses. He served in the United States Navy for 30 years and retired in 2010 as a Master Chief Quartermaster. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard 3rd Mate Unlimited License and a 100 Ton Masters license.  

Over the course of his military service in the U.S. Navy, Mr. Horton deployed multiple times to the Caribbean, North Sea, Mediterranean and the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Desert Shield / Storm, Operation Iraqi freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom.  His awards and decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and multiple service and campaign medals. Mr. Horton enlisted in the Navy in 1980 from upstate New York. 

In addition to his military career, Mr. Horton holds an associate degree from Excelsior college in Administrative/Management studies. His mission at San Jacinto College is to raise awareness of the Maritime Program and demonstrate to the Gulf Coast Region the value of training and educating the professional mariner right here in our own backyard!

Bryan Elliott, Director of Maritime Simulations

Elliott oversees maritime simulations that meet industry needs and United States Coast Guard (USCG) requirements.

Mr. Elliott retired from the Navy in 2007. Bryan has over 20 years of successful management, leadership and training experience with a reputation of meeting the most challenging organizational goals and objectives.  A pragmatic and focused individual recognized for making seemingly impossible situations work. Some of his duties and experience include Navy Instructor, LCAC Loadmaster where he managed and trained 60 personnel in loading and discharge of vessels and deck maintenance. On October 2009, Mr. Elliott became a licensed United States Coast Guard 3rd Mate Unlimited. He also worked for Mid-Atlantic Maritime Academy as a Deck Instructor and IT Manager until 2010, where he became an San Jacinto College Maritime faculty member and Simulation Operator, and now Director of Maritime Simulations.  

TBF, Director of Maritime Credentialing


Captain Robert "Mark" Lloyd

Robert “Mark” Lloyd  is a graduate of Texas A&M University at Galveston and has over 10 years experience in the maritime industry. He currently holds a 3rd Mate Unlimited tonnage, Oceans license, as well as 100 ton Master. Mark has been master of passenger and private vessels traveling the Gulf of Mexico and east coast.  Still currently sailing as Master of the Boardwalk Fantasea, Landry Corp. 117’ motor yacht.





Captain William Ford

William (Bill) Ford is a graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy class of 2011, and has over a decade of experience in the maritime industry. Holding a Chief Mate Unlimited tonnage, 1600 GRT Master’s license and 6000 GRT OSV Master’s license, Bill has shipping experience on container ships, saturation dive vessels and, most recently, drill ships as a DPO. Bill started at San Jacinto Maritime in September 2018.He enjoys reading, spending time with his family and church, fitness, board and tabletop games.


Captain John "JP" Fuller

“JP” Fuller has 31 years of maritime experience, working his way up from an entry level position (Ordinary Seaman) with G & H Towing to Chief Mate / Relief Captain with Moran Towing / Port Arthur, TX. and Crowley Marine / Lake Charles, LA. Retiring in 2005 with a 1600 T Mate upon Oceans license and 3000 T Master of Towing. He graduated from San Jacinto College in May of 2015 with Associates Arts of Applied Science degree in Business Management and began working as Adjunct for San Jacinto Maritime at that time, becoming a full time instructor in July of 2016.


Captain Richard Garcia

Richard GarciaRichard is an instructor for the Maritime Transportation Associate degree program. Originally from Galveston, TX,  he is a Navy Veteran and a graduate of Great Lakes Maritime Academy in Traverse City, Michigan. He currently holds a 3rd Mate Unlimited tonnage license with First class Pilotage of the Great Lakes and rivers. He also holds a Mate of Towing endorsement. He has over over 13 years experience in the maritime working aboard Navy vessels, Great Lakes freighters, and Harbor assist Tugs on the Houston ship channel.


Captain John Gregg