Raymond A. Rich Leadership Institute Hosts

Capt. Paul X. Rinn, USN (Ret) '68

Capt. Paul X. Rinn, USN (Ret.) '68

Capt. Paul X. Rinn, USN (Ret.) ’68 spoke to alumni and business community leaders on “Critical Decision-Making During Challenging Times” in a residency hosted by the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development.


Capt. Paul X. Rinn, USN (Ret.) shared his insight into leadership at the Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development in October 2012.

The 1968 Marist alumnus visited several classes, met with student leaders, and delivered a presentation to alumni and business community leaders entitled “Critical Decision-Making During Challenging Times” at the Colonel Oliver Hazard Payne Mansion. In his talk, he discussed the keys to making sound decisions in times of high stress, reflecting on his distinguished career as a naval officer.

Rinn was commander of the guided missile frigate Samuel B. Roberts when it struck an Iranian mine in the Persian Gulf in 1988, an incident vividly described in the book No Higher Honor. He and his crew heroically saved the ship without loss of life. Among many other honors for his leadership, he has been awarded the Legion of Merit with Combat “V,” selection to the Surface Warfare Hall of Fame, and an honorary degree from Marist in 1989.

Currently vice president of the Marist College Alumni Association Executive Board, he has been delivering motivational speeches across the United States. Each of his two speeches at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, NV, for Clockwork International Inc. drew an audience of approximately 2,000, and both earned standing ovations. He also addressed an audience of 900 at the Michigan Farm Bureau Annual Presidents Conference in Lansing, MI, and recently received critical acclaim speaking to an audience of 1,800 at the annual United States Surface Navy Symposium in Washington, DC, and the Constitution Association in Boston, MA.