ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The new superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy says infrastructure and preventing sexual assault are two of the top challenges facing the institution.

The Capital reports that Vice Adm. Sean Buck says infrastructure must improve to meet modern technological demands and rising tides on the Severn River.

He also says the prevention and elimination of sexual assault and harassment remain at the forefront of his mind. In the 2017-2018 school year, there were 32 reports of sexual assault, the highest number in more than a decade.

Buck relieved the former superintendent, Vice Adm. Walter “Ted” Carter, at a ceremony at the academy on Friday.

Carter is set to retire after serving as one of the longest-serving superintendents in the school’s history. He was superintendent for more than five years.

Sideboys render honors as Vice Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr. and his family are piped ashore for the last time after 38 years of active duty naval service on July 26, 2019, at Annapolis, Md. Carter, a decorated naval flight officer who began his career at the U.S. Naval Academy July 6, 1977, and served as its 62nd superintendent, was properly relieved by Vice Adm. Sean S. Buck. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dana D. Legg/Navy)
Sideboys render honors as Vice Adm. Walter E. “Ted” Carter Jr. and his family are piped ashore for the last time after 38 years of active duty naval service on July 26, 2019, at Annapolis, Md. Carter, a decorated naval flight officer who began his career at the U.S. Naval Academy July 6, 1977, and served as its 62nd superintendent, was properly relieved by Vice Adm. Sean S. Buck. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Dana D. Legg/Navy)