SIU Vice President Gulf Coast Dean Corgey in late January was reappointed to the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority by the Houston City Council. He was originally appointed by the council in January 2013.
Port commissioners serve two-year terms without pay. Corgey serves on the Pension and Benefits Committee of the Port Commission.
Corgey has more than 40 years of maritime experience, including working as a merchant mariner, elected union official, regulatory advisory board member and maritime industry advocate. He has been an SIU vice president since 1990.
Additionally, Corgey is a trustee for the Seafarers Pension Plan, Seafarers Health and Benefits Plan, Joint Employment Fund, Training/Safety Fund and Transportation Institute. He serves as a vice president of the Texas AFL-CIO; as secretary-treasurer of the West Gulf Ports Council of the AFL-CIO Maritime Trades Department; and on the executive board of the Harris County AFL-CIO. He is a member of the National Defense Transportation Association, American Maritime Partnership and the Navy League of the United States. He is a past member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Area Maritime Security Committee for the Port of Houston/Galveston and served as chairman of the City of Houston Ethics Committee. He served on the U.S. Coast Guard Towing Safety Advisory Committee and the board of the Houston Maritime Association.
A graduate of Houston’s Milby High School, Corgey attended Southwest Texas State University. He graduated from the apprentice program at the SIUaffiliated Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education in Piney Point, Maryland, and later earned a chief engineer’s license.
In a news release announcing Corgey’s reappointment, the city council noted, “For more than 100 years, the Port of Houston Authority has owned and operated the public wharves and terminals of Port Houston – the nation’s largest port for foreign waterborne tonnage and an essential economic engine for the Houston region, the state of Texas, and the nation. It supports the creation of nearly 1.175 million jobs in Texas and 2.7 million jobs nationwide, and economic activity totaling almost $265 billion in Texas – 16 percent of Texas’ total gross domestic product – and more than $617 billion in economic impact across the nation.”
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