Capt. Augusta “Gussie” Roth ’96
School Liaison Officer
Gussie graduated from Texas A&M Maritime Academy in 1996 with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and holds her Master Unlimited License. She has also completed her Master of Business Administration at Phoenix University in 2008 and working on her Doctoral of Business Administration at Walden University.
She worked offshore with Skaugens Petrotrans as a Mooring Master Assistant and started training as a Mooring Master in 1997. She shifted from the Lightering Sector to Offshore Supply Vessels (OSV) in 1998 as Master, tankerman, and engineer aboard the Lady Joan at Houston Marine Services. In 1999, she went back to work on the Lightering Support Vessels (LSV) at Skaugens Petrotrans as Mate and training Master.
After almost 5 years at sea, she accepted a permanent position as Lecturer at Texas A&M Maritime Academy in the Marine Transportation (MART) Department. She is currently the MART Department Head, but over the past 16 years has overseen the creation and implementation of STCW ’95 and 2010, USCG, and MARAD regulatory requirements at the Maritime Academy. During her time at Texas A&M University, she has continued to outreach to the maritime industry by sailing during breaks aboard the various trainings ships and harbor tugs to keep her credentials current and increase Merchant Mariner Credentials endorsements.
Over the years, she has explored various positions aboard sea going vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, Freeport, TX, Houston, TX, New York, NY, and the Mississippi River. She found her passion for training upcoming mariners and working with Maritime Administration and United States Coast Guard in regulatory policies at Texas A&M – Galveston Campus. In her spare time, she finds time for a home life while still enjoying her maritime knowledge. Her son is an inspiring part of her life and reminds her to continue to achieve more than she ever thought possible.