USS Midway Executive Named Bowl’s Honorary Chair

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John “Mac” McLaughlin, president and CEO of the USS Midway Museum, has been named the 2013 Honorary Chairman of the National University Holiday Bowl. The honor is awarded each year to an individual who has contributed to San Diego sports and society in a meaningful way.

McLaughlin was hired as the Chief Operating Officer in December 2003, one month prior to the Midway’s arrival in San Diego and has been the chief executive throughout the building of the Museum.

Prior to joining the Midway, McLaughlin retired from the Navy as a Rear Admiral in August 2003. During his career as a Naval Aviator, he served as a Commanding Officer of a helicopter squadron and Naval Air Station. He served two tours of duty in the Pentagon on the Chief of Naval Operations Staff and served Flag tours as Commander, Naval Air Reserve Force and Naval Reserve Forces Command.

He is the former President of the Historic Naval Ships Association and the former Chairman of the Naval Helicopter Association. He is a Board Member of the Historic Naval Ships Association and San Diego Port Tenants Association.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972 where he was an All-American and Captain of the track team. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Troy State University. He is married to the former Norah Anne Flynn of Chula Vista and they have two children, Kathleen and Stephen. His son Stephen is a Navy helicopter pilot.

This year’s National University Holiday Bowl, featuring the Arizona State Sun Devils and Texas Tech Red Raiders, kicks off at 7:15 p.m. on Monday, December 30th at Qualcomm Stadium. Tickets are available at