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NPS Presidents' History

The Naval Postgraduate School began in 1909 as the School of Marine Engineering at Annapolis.  It was renamed twice as its mission and scope of operations expanded, becoming the Postgraduate Department of the Naval Academy in 1912 and the Naval Postgraduate School after World War I.  The President's title was established in 2004 (U.S. Code Title § 7042).  Vice Admiral Ron Route, (Ret.), the current president, began his term in 2013.

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Presidents at NPS

Ronald Route, VADM (Ret.)

Retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route comes to the appointment as President, Naval Postgraduate School with over twenty years of leadership experience at the senior executive and operational level, which included responsibilities in graduate education, program requirements and resources, international affairs, research and development, and ethics.
Route’s significant career assignments include President of the Naval War College, and Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command. He also served in two earlier flag officer assignments leading major divisions on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO):  Director of Navy Programming and Director, Politico-Military Affairs.

A career Surface Warfare Officer, Route’s sea duty included assignments and deployments in cruisers, destroyers, frigates and aircraft carriers; he commanded the AEGIS cruiser USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) and the guided-missile destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG 45).  His most recent command at sea was the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group of ten ships plus the embarked carrier air wing.

After retirement from the Navy in 2008, Route spent more than three years as a senior vice president at Burdeshaw Associates, Ltd. – an executive-level consulting firm specializing in defense industry and government business.
Route holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, and a Master’s of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also served as the Navy’s Senior Military Fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, and attended the Executive Business Course, Kenan-Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina.

Janet Tighe, RDML (Ret.)

Vice Admiral Jan Tighe was appointed by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus to the position of Interim President of the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., in November 2012.

Vice Adm. Tighe has a B.S. in Mathematics from the U.S. Naval Academy, and was commissioned as an ensign (Special Duty Cryptology) in 1984 following graduation. Tighe is also a distinguished graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School, awarded an M.S. in Applied Mathematics as well as a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering in 2001. She also studied Russian at the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center also in Monterey.

Tighe’s cryptologic operational tours include duty with Naval Security Group Activities in Florida, Virginia, Atsugi/Misawa Japan and on the Pacific Fleet staff.

Tighe earned Naval Aviation Observer wings while deployed as an airborne special evaluator aboard VQ-1 EP-3E aircraft in the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Shield/Storm. Tighe served as operations officer and assistant officer for Naval Security Group Detachments in Japan, accumulating over 1,200 operational flight hours in the EP-3E aircraft.

Following her doctoral work, she reported to the Naval Information Warfare Activity, where she served as chief staff officer and chief engineer. During her tour she earned a Level III DAWIA certification in Program Management.

Next, Tighe oversaw the development of the Human Capital Strategy for NSG and the IW/Cryptologic community, served as chief of staff and prepared the staff for merger with Naval Network Warfare Command, also serving as deputy director of Information Operations within NETWARCOM.

From July 2006 through September 2009, Tighe commanded over 2,800 multi-service and multi-agency personnel at the National Security Agency/Central Security Service Hawaii in Kunia. Following command, she served for a year as the executive assistant to director, National Security Agency/Chief, Central Security Service and Commander, U.S. Cyber Command.

Her flag tours include deputy drector of Operations for CYBERCOM and director, Decision Superiority on the OPNAV N2N6F4.

Born in Bowling Green, Ky., and raised in Plantation, Fla., Tighe has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (second award), the Strike/Flight Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (fourth award), and the Navy Achievement Medal.

Vice Admiral Daniel T. Oliver USN (Ret.)Vice Admiral Daniel T. Oliver USN (Ret.) was appointed by the Secretary of the Navy to be President of the Naval Postgraduate School as of 1 April 2007.  Commissioned in 1966 through the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps program at the University of Virginia, he became a Naval Aviator and piloted the Navy’s P-3 Maritime Patrol Aircraft, specializing in detecting and tracking submarines.  He completed eight operational deployments around the world during the Cold War with the Soviet Union, commanding Patrol Squadron Sixteen and Patrol Wing Two.  As a Flag Officer, he served as Commander, Fleet Air Forces Mediterranean, and commanded coalition air operations in support of the United Nations’ embargo of the former Republic of Yugoslavia.

Vice Admiral Oliver served on the personal staffs of two Chiefs of Naval Operation.  In his first Flag assignment as director, Total Forces Training and Education Division, he supervised mobilization of naval reservists called to active duty during Operation Desert Storm.  He later served sequentially as director of the OPNAV Assessment Division, Fleet Liaison Division and Programming Division.  In these capacities, he was instrumental in shaping a balanced investment program for all Navy resources during the post-Cold War drawdown.

In September 1996, Vice Admiral Oliver became the Chief of Naval Personnel and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower and Personnel.  He was the primary advocate for sailors, both officer and enlisted, from recruitment through retirement.  In this position, he formulated and instituted personnel policies that guided the Navy through a critical transition from a post-Cold War drawdown to a steady state force.

After retiring from active duty in February 2000, he was active in the private sector as a senior executive and board member of a number of companies and civic organizations, mostly involved with government contracting in the Information Technology sector.

Vice Admiral Oliver holds a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia where he also served as an associate professor of Naval Science.  Vice Admiral Oliver is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and was a White House Fellow.

Dr. Leonard Ferrari

Dr. Leonard A. Ferrari was appointed Executive Vice President and Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in July 2006. Upon assuming the post of Provost, Dr. Ferrari spearheaded a new Strategic Plan initiative, proposed new collaborative efforts with regional research and education institutions and launched new efforts to make campus academic and business processes more effective.

Previously, Dr. Ferrari was the Dean of Research at NPS with responsibility for oversight of research, grants and contracts, the research activities of the Modeling, Virtual Environments, & Simulations Institute (MOVES), the Cebrowski and Meyer Institutes, policy issues and supervision of sponsored programs, oversight of the NPS Research Initiation Program (RIP) and the development of new research relationships and programs with federal, state and civilian organizations. Under his leadership, sponsored programs grew at a rate of nearly 25% per year. Dr. Ferrari played a lead role in the development of industry and relations with the UC system and several universities in the Washington Capital Region (WCR) as well as strengthened programs and collaborations with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.

Dr. Ferrari published approximately 100 research articles in electrical engineering and spent thirty years in academic faculty positions in addition to more than ten years in industrial research and development positions. He was Department Head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and later Vice Provost for Special Initiatives and Executive Director of the Institute for Information Technology at Virginia Tech. Prior to that time, he was a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the School of Engineering. Dr. Ferrari came to NPS with more than ten years of experience in private industry with Bell & Howell and the Polaroid Corporation.

He holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S.E.E. from Northeastern University. His Ph.D. degree is from the University of California, Irvine with research work in spatially varying digital filters. Dr. Ferrari's research is in the areas of signal and image processing, medical imaging systems, computer graphics and multi-media systems. His most recent research was in the area of spline computations for computer graphics and data compression, where he produced extremely efficient computational procedures. He created the 2-5-2 spline, a mathematical basis function suitable for all spline applications that has superior properties and computational advantages over conventional B-splines. Dr. Ferrari and his colleagues have used the new spline algorithms and concepts in the development of low power circuits for high quality computer graphics and data compression in multimedia systems.

Colonel David Smarsh

Colonel Smarsh became the Acting President and Chief of Staff of the Naval Postgraduate School in 2006.

The Colonel was commissioned in the Air Force following his graduation from Officer Training School in 1979. His career has encompassed a range of command, staff, and operational assignments.

The Colonel commanded at the flight, detachment and squadron levels.   As the commander of the 88th Weather Squadron, his unit solved acquisition and natural environmental issues for DoD programs including the B-2, F/A-22, C-17, and Missile Program Offices.  While commanding the 18th Weather Squadron, his unit provided meteorological support to the XVIII Airborne Corps and the 82d Airborne Division.

His staff experience included serving as the directorate of weather’s chief of plans and deputy for federal and national programs, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.  In this position, he coordinated issues between government agencies, DoD, and the intelligence community.   His operational experience included providing meteorological support to joint operations and contingencies.  He logged 82 jumps during para-weather operations, and he brought meteorological support experience to bombers, fighters, air-lifters, rotary wing aircraft and the space shuttle. 

Rear Admiral Richard Wells

Rear Admiral Wells served as NPS superintendent upon two occasions. This was his second appointment, following RDML Patrick Dunne.

Wells enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1966. He later was commissioned through Officer Candidate School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology/ business, a master’s degree in journalism, and a multidisciplinary Ph.D.

Rear Admiral Wells’ service as an active duty and naval reserve sailor covers more than 33 years. As an enlisted sailor, he served with Naval Security Group. As a junior officer he served at sea in surface warfare as a division officer and as a deep-sea diving and salvage officer. At the rank of commander he joined the public affairs community.

Commanding officer assignments include HCU One-Det. 110, NAVINFO SW, and OI Det. Oklahoma City. Selected for flag rank in 1996, Rear Admiral Wells’ initial flag assignments were Director, Naval Reserve Public Affairs Program and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. In those capacities, he served stints as acting CHINFO, acting Deputy CHINFO, projects officer for SECNAV, and projects officer for CNO. A collateral duty was Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Naval Postgraduate School.

Rear Admiral Wells served as Superintendent, Naval Postgraduate School from May 2000 to September 2000. He retired from the Navy in June 2001.

His most recent civilian job is Mayborn Professor of Journalism at the University of North Texas, where he previously served as department chairman. His professional experience includes working in public relations and metropolitan newspapers in various posts. As a professor, he has published and edited books and published articles and given academic presentations. He also serves on the faculty of the Center for Civil-Military Relations at the Naval Postgraduate School and is certified by the state of Texas as a professional mediator.

Rear Admiral Wells attributes any successes that he has had to his family and to those with whom he has served.

 

Rear Admiral Richard Wells

Rear Admiral Wells served as NPS superintendent upon two occasions. This was his first appointment, following RADM Robert C. Chaplin.

Wells enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1966. He later was commissioned through Officer Candidate School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology/ business, a master’s degree in journalism, and a multidisciplinary Ph.D.

Rear Admiral Wells’ service as an active duty and naval reserve sailor covers more than 33 years. As an enlisted sailor, he served with Naval Security Group. As a junior officer he served at sea in surface warfare as a division officer and as a deep-sea diving and salvage officer. At the rank of commander he joined the public affairs community.

Commanding officer assignments include HCU One-Det. 110, NAVINFO SW, and OI Det. Oklahoma City. Selected for flag rank in 1996, Rear Admiral Wells’ initial flag assignments were Director, Naval Reserve Public Affairs Program and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Navy. In those capacities, he served stints as acting CHINFO, acting Deputy CHINFO, projects officer for SECNAV, and projects officer for CNO. A collateral duty was Special Assistant to the Superintendent, Naval Postgraduate School.

Rear Admiral Wells served as Superintendent, Naval Postgraduate School from May 2000 to September 2000. He retired from the Navy in June 2001.

His most recent civilian job is Mayborn Professor of Journalism at the University of North Texas, where he previously served as department chairman. His professional experience includes working in public relations and metropolitan newspapers in various posts. As a professor, he has published and edited books and published articles and given academic presentations. He also serves on the faculty of the Center for Civil-Military Relations at the Naval Postgraduate School and is certified by the state of Texas as a professional mediator.

Rear Admiral Wells attributes any successes that he has had to his family and to those with whom he has served.

 

RADM Marsha EvansA native of Springfield, Illinois, Rear Admiral Marsha Johnson Evans graduated with high honors from Occidental College in June 1968. Two months later she was commissioned an Ensign at Women's Officer School, Newport, Rhode Island. Early assignments included duty at the Defense Intelligence Agency, on the Commander, Fleet Air Western Pacific staff in Atsugi, Japan, and in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OP-04). In 1973, she became the first woman Surface Assignments Officer in the Bureau of Naval Personnel. Concurrently, she served as Senior Social Aide to the President.

Following selection as a Chief of Naval Operations Scholar in 1975, Rear Admiral Evans earned a Master's Degree in Law and Diplomacy at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University. Subsequently, she served as the Middle East Policy Officer on the staff of the Commander in Chief, U.S. Naval Forces Europe. Selected as a White House Fellow in 1979, she served a one year fellowship as Executive Secretary and Special Assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury. In early 1981 she became the Deputy Director of the President's Commission on White House Fellowships.

In 1982, Rear Admiral Evans was assigned as Executive Officer, Recruit Training Command, San Diego, and from 1984 to 1986 as Commanding Officer, Naval Technical Training Center, Treasure Island, San Francisco. She served the next two years as a Battalion Officer at the Naval Academy. During that assignment, she also chaired the Women Midshipmen Study Group, served on the Navy's 1987 Women's Study, and taught classes in international relations.

In 1989, Rear Admiral Evans began a one year assignment as Chief of Staff, Na val Base San Fransisco. On June 15, 1990, she assumed command of Naval Station Treasure Island, San Francisco. In November 1991 she returned to the Naval Academy as Chief of Staff, an assignment that was curtailed in August 1992 when she became the Executive Director of the Standing Committee on Military and Civilian Women in the DepartmentoftheNavy. FromJune 1993 to July 1995, Rear Admiral Evans served as the Commander of the Navy Recruiting Command. Rear Admiral Evans was a graduate of the Naval War College off-campus program and a 1989 graduate of the National War College.

RADM Thomas MercerRear Admiral Thomas A. Mercer was born in Pensacola, Florida, the son of a career naval aviator. He graduated with distinction from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1962 and subsequently completed short tours as an instructor at the Naval Academy and aboard USS RANDOLPH (CVS 15) prior to flight training. He was designated a naval aviator in February 1964. After A-4C training he reported to V A-172 for a three year tour which included two Mediterranean cruises and one Southeast Asia combat deployment aboard USS FRANKLIN D. ROOSEVELT (CVA 42). He then attended the Naval Postgraduate School at Monterey, California and was awarded a Master of Science Degree in Aeronautical Engineering in October 1969. After A-7E training, he reported to V A-195 where he made two combat deployments to Southeast Asia aboard USS KITTY HA WK (CV A 63). Following a shore tour at the Bureau of Naval Personnel, where he served as the Light Attack Placement Officer, he joined VA-82 as Executive Officer in July 1975. He assumed command of VA-82 in November 1976 while embarked aboard USS NIMITZ during her first Mediterranean deployment. Subsequently, he completed nuclear power training at Orlando, Florida, and Idaho Falls, Idaho prior to reporting to the USS ENTERPRISE (CVN 65) in July 1979 as Executive Officer. After a two year tour he assumed command of USS GUADALCANAL (LPH 7) in September 1981.

In April 1983, Rear Admiral Mercer received additional training at the Division of Naval Reactors prior to assuming command of USS CARL VINSON (CVN 70) in July 1983 as her second commanding officer. During this tour, he completed two WESTPAC/Indian Ocean deployments. In March 1986, he detached from USS CARL VINSON and was promoted to Rear Admiral. He was assigned as Deputy Director for Command, Control, and Communications (J-6), in the organization of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and subsequently became the Vice Director of Operational Plans and Interoperability (J-7 JCS). He assumed Command of Carrier Group 7 in June 1988 and flew his flag in USS NIMITZ (CVN 68) as Commander, Battle Group BRA VO; USS MIDWAY (CV 41) as Commander, Battle Group ALFA; and USS RANGER (CV 61) as Commander, Battle Group ECHO. He assumed duties as CINPACREP Philippines and Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Philippines in August 1990 and remained in command through the Subic Facility disestablishment on 24 November, 1992. Rear Admiral Mercer's a wards include the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (two awards}, Distinguished Flying Cross (three awards}, four individual Air medals, 25 Strike/Flight Air Medals, and six Navy Commendation Medals.

RADM Ralph West

Rear Admiral Ralph W. West, Jr., graduated from the United States Naval Academy in June 1958 and reported to the destroyer USS JONAS INGRAM (DD 938) for his first sea tour. After attending Submarine School and nuclear power training he served on submarines USS TULLIBEE (SSN 597), USS DANIEL WEBSTER (SSBN 626) and USS SKIP JACK (SSN 585). In June 1967, he reported to the staff of Submarine Squadron FOURTEEN at Holy Loch, Scotland for two years as Material Officer. He then served as Executive Officer of USS POGY (SSN 647) commissioning crew.

He commanded USS GURNARD (SSN 662) from May 1973 until May 1976. He subsequently served on the staff of Submarine Group FIVE in San Diego, California until July 1978 when he was assigned as Senior Member, Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board on the staff of Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet. He commanded Submarine Squadron FIFTEEN in Guam from June 1980 to June 1981. His next assignments were Assistant Chief of Staff for Logistics and then Chief of Staff to the Commanderofthe Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. After selection to Rear Admiral, he reported in May 1984 as Deputy Director for Operations, National Military Command Center, JCS.

In June 1985, Rear Admiral West assumed command of Submarine Group FIVE in San Diego, California, and in January 1987, he was assigned additional duty as Commander, Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Rear Admiral West next served as Director for Pride, Professionalism and Personal Excellence for the Navy for two years. He assumed duties as Superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School in July 1989. Rear Admiral West has earned the following medals: Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit (four awards), Meritorious Service Medal (three awards), Navy Commendation Medal (two awards), Navy Achievement Medal, and additional unit and service decorations.

RADM Robert AustinRear Admiral Austin was born in Cleveland, Ohio on September 5, 1931. After graduating from Maury High School in Norfolk, Virginia, he enlisted in the Navy in October 1948. He obtained a fleet appointment to the Naval Academy.

Upon graduation from the Naval Academy in 1954, he served on board the USS NOA (DD 841) and was the Engineer Officer upon entering Submarine School in 1957. His first submarine assignment was on the USS TIIORNBACK (SS 418). In May 1963 he received a Master of Science degree in Physics from the Naval Postgraduate School where he completed an air, space, missile system curricula. He next served as Executive Officer of the USS GRAMPUS (SS 523). He then entered Nuclear Power Training and subsequently served as Navigator aboard the USS TRITON (SSN 586) and as Executive Officer of the USS JOHN ADAMS (SSBN 620) Gold Crew. He was the prospective Commanding Officer during construction and then com-manded the USS FINBACK (SSN 670) from 1968 to 1972. He reported to Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet as Prospective Commanding Officer Instructor and head of the Advanced Tactical Training Division.

Rear Admiral Austin assumed squadron command of Submarine Development Group 1WO from May 1974 to July 1976. He served as Commanding Officer of the Submarine School from August 1976 until August 1978. He was next assigned as Deputy for Plans and Operations, and then as Chief of Staff of the Submarine Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He was selected for flag rank in January 1980. In July 1980, Rear Admiral Austin reported to the Joint Chiefs of Staff where he served as Deputy Commissioner, U.S. Component of the US-USSR Standing Consultative Commission and as Deputy Director for International Negotiations of the Plans and Policy Directorate. Following his assignment on the joint staff, he served as Chief of Naval Technical Training headquartered at Millington, Tennessee until he assumed his present assignment as Superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School in July 1986.

Rear Admiral Austin's decorations include the Defense Supe-rior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit with three gold stars, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Navy Expeditionary Medal, Navy Occupation Service Medal with European Clasp, the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

RADM Robert ShumakerRear Admiral Robert H. Shumaker was born in New Castle, Pennsylvania where he attended public schools. He graduated from the UnitedStates Naval Academy in 1956 where his interests included boxing,cross-country and golf. As a fighter pilot flying the F-8 Crusader, hemade several Mediterranean cruises on SARATOGA. In 1964 he earneda Master's Degree in Aeronautical Engineering at the Naval PostgraduateSchool. In 1965 while serving with VF-154 embarked on USSCORAL SEA, his aircraft was shot down over North Vietnam and hethen spent the next eight years as a Prisoner of War. After repatriation heearned a Master's Degree and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in ElectricalEngineering. In 1977 he reported to the Na val Air Systems Commandas the logistic commander's executive assistant and then as a majorproject manager for nine air launched missiles in the defense suppressionfamily. He assumed his present duties as Superintendent of theNaval Postgraduate School on 21 October 1983.

The Admiral has been awarded the Distinguished Service Medal, twoSilver Stars, two Legions of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross,Bronze Star, two Purple Hearts, and other awards.

RADM John EkelundRear Admiral John Joseph Ekelund graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1949. He is also a graduate of the U.S. Navy's Submarine School, the Armed Forces Staff College, and the University of Rochester where he earned a Master of Science Degree in Systems Analysis.

After graduating from the Naval Academy, Rear Admiral Ekelund reported to the destroyer escort USS COOLBAUGH (DE 217) as operations officer. After a year in that assignment he reported to the reacti va ti on crew of the USS PIRATE (AM 2 7 5) and served in her until she was sunk while engaged in mine sweeping operations in Wonson, Korea, on 12 October 1950.

Following duty under instruction at submarine school, he reported to duty in USS COBIA (SS 245) as Gunnery Officer. Rear Admiral Ekelund qualified as a Submariner during this tour. He left COBIA in October 1952 and was next involved with the conversion and fitting out of the submarine USS RAZORBACK (SS 394 ). He served aboard RAZORBACK until May of 1955 holding variously the positions of Gunnery, Operations and Engineering officer and Navigator.  He was designated Qualified for Command of Submarines during this tour. In June of 1955 Rear Admiral Ekelund joined the staff of Commander Submarine Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet as Assistant Tactics and Training Officer.  During his subsequent tour at the U.S. Navy Submarine School, he instructed in Pro-Submarine Tactics and assisted in instruction of the Prospective Commanding Officer course. He also assisted in establishing the Refresher Training and Prospective Executive Officer Courses.

Transferred to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in 1958, Rear Admiral Ekelund participated in the commissioning and fitting out of the newly constructed guided missile submarine USS GROWLER (SSG 577 ). He served aboard the GROWLER as Navigator, Operations, Engineering and Executive officer. Rear Admiral Ekelund assumed command of the submarine USS ORA YBACK ( SSG 5 7 4) in November of 1961 and so served until 1964.

Following graduation from the Armed Forces Staff College in August 1964, he was assigned as a member of the Joint Strategic Target Planning Staff where he was a member of both the T aeries and Force Applications Branches.

In 1966 Rear Admiral Ekelund returned to Hawaii as Force Plans Officer, on the staff of the Commander Submarine Force, U .S. Pacific Fleet. Following the receipt of his Masters Degree, he served a short period of temporary duty at the Center for Naval Analysis before reporting in January 1970 to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as Head, Strategic Warfare Analysis Branch in the Systems Analysis Division. Rear Admiral Ekelund next assumed the duties as Assistant Chief of Staff for Administration on the combined staff of Commander U.S. Naval Forces and Naval Advisory Group Vietnam.

He became Chief of Staff in November 1972. After completing periods of temporary duty in Hawaii and Washington, Rear Admiral Ekelund assumed command of the guided missile cruiser USS ALBANY (CG 10) in July of 1973. Following command of ALBANY, Rear Admiral Ekelund was assigned to the Naval War College as Dean of Academics. He was selected for Flag rank in January 1976 and in July of that year assumed the duties of Deputy  Director of Naval Education and Training. In April 1977 he was assigned to the Central Intelligence Agency as the National Intelligence Officer for General Purpose Forces.

In June 1978 Rear Admiral Ekelund was assigned to duty as U.S. Commander South Atlantic Force, U.S. Atlantic Fleet. He became the Superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School on 24 January 1980. Rear Admiral Ekelund will become the President of the California Maritime Academy in Vallejo, California, on 1  November 1983. Rear Admiral Ekelund wears the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal, Joint Service Commendation Medal and various unit awards and service and campaign medals.

RADM Tyler DedmanRear Admiral Dedman began his naval career in the V-12 program of the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1943 soon after entering the University of California at Los Angeles. He also studied at the University of Kansas and the University of Colorado before entering the U.S. Naval Academy on appointment from his home state of California. He was graduated with distinction on June 6, 1947, was designated Naval Aviator on October 30, 1950, and subsequently advanced in rank to Rear Admiral on July 1, 1972. Rear Admiral Dedman received a degree of Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Princeton University. He has completed instruction at the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and has attended the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, DC.

Following graduation from the Naval Academy, Rear Admiral Dedman had a varied and demanding career in both fleet and shore assignments. As a junior officer, he served on the USS OAKLAND (CLA-95), on the staff of Commander Naval Forces, Western Pacific and on the USS PASADENA (CL-65). After flight training at tl1e Naval Air Training Command in Pensacola, Florida, he served from June 1951 to June 1954 with Attack Squadron THIRTY-FIVE. While in that assignment, he flew the A-1 Skyraider and participated in several deployments with Air Group THREE, embarked in the USS LEITE (CV-32)  to both the Mediterranean and Pacific areas, and joined the USS TARAWA (CV-40) in a round-the-world cruise.

Following his studies at the Naval Postgraduate School and Princeton, he joined Heavy Attack Squadron FIVE onboard the attack carrier USS FORRESTAL (CV-59) and served until March 1959 when he tranferred to Heavy Attack Squadron THREE to sene as A3J Project Officer. After the Naval War College he had duty as A-5 Vigilante Project Officer in Attack Design Branch, Bureau of Naval Weapons.

He joined Heavy Attack Squadron ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-THREE for refresher training in A3B aircraft in June 1963 and in November of that year reported as Operations Officer with Heavy Attack Squadron TEN. In that capacity he participated in reconnaissance operations over Laos and Vietnam and in support operations  during the Gulf of Tonkin Incident. Rear Admiral Dedman served as Executive Officer of the USS PICKAWAY (APA22), an amphibious troop transport, operating in support of the III Marine Amphibious Force in Vietnam. Upon detachment from the PICKAWAY in August 1967, he reported the next month as Assistant Deputy Director of Navy Program Planning, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, then worked as Executive Assistant and Senior Aide to the Vice Chief of Narnl Operatiom.

In January 1970 he assumed command of the USS PONCHATOULA (AO148) and in July 1971 became Assistant Vice Chief of Naval Operations and Director of Naval Administration, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations. He was ordered detached in April 1974 for duty as Deputy Chief of Navy Education and Training, Pensacola, Florida. Rear Admiral Dedman became Superintendent of tl1e Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, California in February 1978.

Rear Admiral DDedman holds tl1e Legion of Merit with Gold Star; the Navy Unit Commendation Ribbon; the American Campaign Medal; World War II Vic-tory Medal; China Service Medal; Navy Occupational Service Medal; European Clasp; National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star; Korean Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal. He also has tl1e Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device.

RADM Isham LinderRear Admiral Isham Linder spent most of his younger years in Boulder, Colorado and entered the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland on appointment by the Secretary of the Navy in 1943.

Following graduation from the Naval Academy in 1946 he reported on board the USS Springfield (CL-66) then assigned to the Pacific Fleet. Subsequent assignments have included operational naval duties, advanced education, and naval staff posts. A naval aviator, his fleet duties have included assignments with Patrol Squadron 2l in the Atlantic Fleet, on the staff of Commander Amphibious Group 2 also in the Atlantic, and as executive officer and commanding officer of Air Anti-Submarine Squadron 25 with the Pacific Fleet. He has served as Executive Officer of USS Enterprise (CVAN-65) and has commanded USS Cleveland (LPD-7) and USS Intrepid (CVS-11). After promotion to flag rank he was assigned as Commander Cruiser Destroyer Flotilla 2.

Education beyond the Naval Academy has included the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (BS(EE)-1949), the Naval Postgraduate School (MS(EE)-1956) and the University of California at Berkeley (Ph. D. (Eng. Sci.)-1961). He has qualified as a naval nuclear propulsion supervisor by study at the Naval Reactor Training Schools at Mare Island, California and at the National Reactor Testing Station, Idaho.

From 1971-1974 Rear Admiral Linder served in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as Head of CV A(N) -Nuclear Powered Aircraft Carrier Coordination. He assumed the post of Superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School on June 25, 1974.

RADM Charles BerginA native of Baltimore, Maryland, Rear Admiral Charles K. Bergin attended Johns Hopkins University before entering the U. S. Naval Academy. After graduating in 1927, he served in the USS MARYLAND and in destroyers, then graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School.

His wartime service included command of the USS MONSSEN in the Saipan invasion and the Leyte landings. He was awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism during the Battle of Surigao Strait. As Commander Destroyer Division 122 off Okinawa he was awarded the Bronze Star Medal.

After graduating from the Naval War College, he commanded the USS DES MOINES, was Assistant Chief of the Bureau of Ordnance, and served as Commander Destroyer Flotilla THREE and also Commander Destroyer Flotilla ONE.

Following duty in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, he became Commander Mine Force, U. S. Pacific Fleet.

Admiral Bergin comes to Monterey from command of the Operational Test and Evaluation Force with headquarters in Norfolk, Virginia.

RADM Marshall DorninRear Admiral Marshall E. Dornin, a native of Berkeley, California, graduated from the U. S. Naval Academy in 1930. After serving as a junior officer in battleships and destroyers, he graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School.

During World War II he commanded the destroyer USS ABBOT in operations in the Pacific, for which he was awarded two Bronze Star Medals and a letter of commendation from the Secretary of the Navy.

Subsequent duties included study at the Naval War College, Assistant Superintendent of the Naval Gun Factory, Naval Liaison Officer to Congress, and command of the cruiser USS DES MOINES.

After serving as Assistant Chief for Plans, Bureau of Naval Personnel, Admiral Domin commanded Destroyer Flotilla THREE .

Admiral Dornin leaves the Naval Postgraduate School to take command of the Cruiser Destroyer Force , U.S. Pacific Fleet.

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Senior leadership titles have changed since the early School of Marine Engineering was established by a Secretary of the Navy executive order in 1909. Titles as they have been used:

(1) Head, School of Marine Engineering

(2) Head, Postgraduate Department of the Naval Academy

(3) Head, Naval Postgraduate School

(4) Superintendent, Naval Postgraduate School

(5) President, Naval Postgraduate School

Prepared by Special Collections & Archives, Dudley Knox Library, Naval Postgraduate School.

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NPS Provosts' History

The 79th Congress created the civilian position for the Naval Postgraduate School's Provost in June 1946 when it passed Public Law 402. The initial title, Academic Dean, was later revised.

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Provosts at NPS

Dr. James H. Newman

Dr. Steven R. Lerman assumed the position of Provost and Academic Dean of the Naval Postgraduate School on August 29, 2016.

Dr. Lerman comes to the Naval Postgraduate School following more than 40 years of experience in higher education, most recently serving as Provost and Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs at The George Washington (GW) University (2010-2015) and A. James Clark Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering (2010-2016). As Provost, Dr. Lerman was responsible for GW’s 10 schools and colleges, athletics (24 Division I varsity sports, club sports and intramurals), the Division of Student Affairs and the University Library. Approximately 4,900 full and part-time faculty and staff report up through these units with a combined budget of $580 million. Dr. Lerman was also responsible for all academic and student life aspects for three GW campuses (Foggy Bottom, Mt. Vernon and the Virginia Science and Technology Campus) as well as at the university’s three learning centers.

Prior to GW, Dr. Lerman served as Dean for Graduate Education (2007-2010) and Vice Chancellor (2008-2010), at his alma mater, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). In this capacity, Dr. served as the chief deputy to the Chancellor who has responsibility for student affairs, undergraduate education and graduate education.

Dr. Lerman has served as Director of the Center for Educational Computing Initiatives, the research unit of an MIT-wide research center devoted to studying the application of computational and communication technologies on education. He held the Class of 1922 Professorship at MIT, chaired the Faculty Advisory Boards of the MIT OpenCourseWare initiative and Academic Media Production Services, and was Deputy Director of the Singapore-MIT Alliance, MIT's largest distance education program. He served as the Chair of the MIT faculty from 1998 to 2001 and as Associate Chair of the Faculty from 1996 to 1998.

Dr. Lerman is a past Lilly Teaching Fellow, and the recipient of several teaching awards during his time at MIT, including the Maseeh Teaching Award, as well as the Advisor of the Year award through the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students. He has both chaired and served as a member of countless academic, industry and government advisory boards, and has broadly published in his field of transportation systems analysis.

Dr. Lerman received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Civil Engineering, and his Doctorate in Transportation Systems Analysis, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

James H. Newman

Dr. James H. Newman assumed the position of Acting Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School on October 5, 2015.

Newman came to NPS’ Space Systems Academic Group in 2006 as a NASA Visiting Professor. He subsequently transferred from NASA in 2008 to the Department of the Navy to accept a tenure-track professorship at NPS.  He has continued to teach orbital mechanics and launch systems and perform applied infrastructure research in the use of very small satellites for focused projects of national interest and for motivating hands-on, officer student educational opportunities.

NASA selected Newman into its astronaut program in 1990.  Newman’s space flight experience includes four missions aboard the Space Shuttles Discovery, Endeavour, and Columbia. Notably, he logged 43 days in space, including six spacewalks totaling 43 hours.  On the spacewalks he installed mission critical equipment on the International Space Station and worked on the Hubble Space Telescope.  As the robotic arm operator, he also deployed and retrieved satellites.

At NASA since 1985, he worked first as an instructor in the Mission Operations Directorate training astronauts and flight controllers in the fields of control and propulsion.  Then, Newman served in the Astronaut Office Mission Support Branch, the Mission Development Branch, and as the Chief of the Astronaut Office Computer Support Branch. While in the Astronaut Office, he also served the Space Shuttle Program Office for two years, when he was responsible for managing the Shuttle Robotic Arm and the Space Vision System. Before coming to NPS, he spent three years in Moscow, Russia working for the International Space Station (ISS) Program Office as NASA’s Human Space Flight Program Director in Russia.

Newman received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Physics from Dartmouth College in 1978 and a Master of Arts degree and Doctorate in Physics from Rice University in 1982 and 1984, respectively. After graduating from Rice University in 1984, Newman performed post-doctoral research and remains an adjunct professor in Rice’s Department of Physics and Astronomy.

 

Douglas A. Hensler

Dr. Douglas A. Hensler became the Naval Postgraduate School provost in June 2013.

Since 2008 Dr. Hensler was the Dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University (WSU). The Barton School of Business is the leading business school in Kansas placing most of its graduates in international businesses, innovative organizations, and state-of-art industries. Dr. Hensler led organizational changes that streamlined the Barton School's ability to respond to students, companies, and collaboration initiatives with other colleges and schools at WSU. Enhanced faculty participation, innovative thinking, and open decision making led to a revised Executive MBA curriculum, deep review of the MBA program with integration of student, business and faculty input, an ongoing undergraduate international projects enterprise, and an examination of the learning facilities, along with other initiatives.

Prior to WSU, Dr. Hensler served as Dean and Sid Craig Endowed Dean's Chair in the Craig School of Business at California State University, Fresno for three years. For eight years prior to that, Dr. Hensler served at the University of Colorado at Boulder as the W. Edwards Deming Distinguished Professor of Management, a joint appointment to the College of Engineering and Applied Science and the Leeds School of Business. He also served as Co-Executive Director of the Robert H. and Beverly A. Deming Center for Entrepreneurship.

Dr. Hensler has travelled extensively and built a network of international contacts and partnerships. He has served as Special Advisor to the Australian Organisation for Quality (NSW) and as an adviser to the Special Adviser team of the Scottish First Minister. From 2002 to 2005 he served on the Academic Advisory Board of e-TQM College in Dubai, UAE. He is a member of The Berne Initiative.

Before returning to the academic community, Dr. Hensler achieved a highly successful management career that includes 13 years in project, staff and line management positions at two technology driven companies. These positions include nuclear industry quality assurance management and aerospace industry quality engineering management, plant quality management, production management leading an organization of 250 personnel, and R&D management leading an organization developing state-of-the-art process improvements involving applied research. Dr. Hensler has provided training and consulting to American Airlines, CH2M-Hill, Texas Utilities, Sulzer, Louisiana-Pacific Corporation, Micro Motion, FEMA, Sporian Microsystems, and the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, and the Fulfillment Corporation of America. Doug's most recent appointment includes working with CEO's and other executives of the Wichita aviation community including Spirit AeroSystems, Cessna, Bombardier/Learjet, Boeing and Hawker Beechcraft, along with Koch Industries and Coleman (The Outdoor Company).

A frequent invited keynote speaker and presenter at international conferences, Dr. Hensler has authored and co-authored several articles and manuscripts on a diverse and cross-disciplinary set of topics including value creation, innovation and learning organizations, technology development, strategy and change, initial public offerings, manufacturing, emerging economies, risk and performance measurement, intellectual capital and the knowledge economy, sustainability, competition and cooperation, and leadership.

Dr. Hensler's academic preparation includes a BSE in Aerospace and Mechanical Sciences from Princeton University, an MBA from the University of Portland, and a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Washington. He is a licensed professional engineer in Quality Engineering in the State of California.

O. Douglas Moses

Dr. O. Douglas Moses is currently the Vice Provost of Academic Affairs. He assumed the role of Interim Provost for the Naval Postgraduate School in 2012.  

A graduate of Cornell University, San Diego State University and University of California Los Angeles, where he received his B.A., M.B.A. and Ph.D., respectively, Dr. Moses served at NPS as an Associate Professor in the Graduate School of Business and Public Policy and Associate Provost for Academic Affairs, an Associate Dean and Associate Chair of Instruction, and as an Academic Associate for Financial Management. Dr. Moses has also been a visiting lecturer at Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, Santa Cruz and Los Angeles, at California State University Hayward, San Jose State University and at Golden Gate University.

A veteran of the United States Navy, Dr. Moses’ teaching and research interests included financial and managerial accounting, reporting and statement analysis as well as business education. A recipient of the Allen Griffin Award and the John Jay Schiefflin Award for Excellence in Teaching, and the Arthur Anderson Distinguished Teaching Award at University of California Los Angeles. Dr. Moses was also a member of the American Accounting Association.

 

Leonard Ferrari

Dr. Leonard A. Ferrari was appointed Executive Vice President and Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) in July 2006. Upon assuming the post of Provost, Dr. Ferrari spearheaded a new Strategic Plan initiative, proposed new collaborative efforts with regional research and education institutions and launched new efforts to make campus academic and business processes more effective.

Previously, Dr. Ferrari was the Dean of Research at NPS with responsibility for oversight of research, grants and contracts, the research activities of the Modeling, Virtual Environments, & Simulations Institute (MOVES), the Cebrowski and Meyer Institutes, policy issues and supervision of sponsored programs, oversight of the NPS Research Initiation Program (RIP) and the development of new research relationships and programs with federal, state and civilian organizations. Under his leadership, sponsored programs grew at a rate of nearly 25% per year. Dr. Ferrari played a lead role in the development of industry and relations with the UC system and several universities in the Washington Capital Region (WCR) as well as strengthened programs and collaborations with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratories.

Dr. Ferrari published approximately 100 research articles in electrical engineering and spent thirty years in academic faculty positions in addition to more than ten years in industrial research and development positions. He was Department Head of the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and later Vice Provost for Special Initiatives and Executive Director of the Institute for Information Technology at Virginia Tech. Prior to that time, he was a faculty member at the University of California, Irvine and Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies for the School of Engineering. Dr. Ferrari came to NPS with more than ten years of experience in private industry with Bell & Howell and the Polaroid Corporation.

He holds a B.S.E.E. degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.S.E.E. from Northeastern University. His Ph.D. degree is from the University of California, Irvine with research work in spatially varying digital filters. Dr. Ferrari's research is in the areas of signal and image processing, medical imaging systems, computer graphics and multi-media systems. His most recent research was in the area of spline computations for computer graphics and data compression, where he produced extremely efficient computational procedures. He created the 2-5-2 spline, a mathematical basis function suitable for all spline applications that has superior properties and computational advantages over conventional B-splines. Dr. Ferrari and his colleagues have used the new spline algorithms and concepts in the development of low power circuits for high quality computer graphics and data compression in multimedia systems.

Richard Elster

Richard Elster attended the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis where he received the degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial Organizational Psychology.

In January of 1969 he joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School.  His teaching focused on DoD manpower, personnel and training policies.  From 1 July 1975 to 1 July 1978, he was on leave from the Naval Postgraduate School.  During that period, he worked in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Manpower and Reserve Affairs), and as Senior Scientific Advisor to the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower)/Chief of Naval Personnel, Admiral James D. Watkins.

On 1 October 1979, he was promoted to professor in the Department of Administrative Sciences at the Naval Postgraduate School.  In July of 1983, he became Chairman of the Department of Administrative Sciences.

During the period of 1984-1988, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower.  Additionally, he was Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) during the period 7 April - 28 June 1988.  

In 1989, he filled the Chief of Naval Operation's manpower chair at the Naval Postgraduate School.  During January-September 1990, he was Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Resource Management and Support.  He was named Dean of Instruction at the Naval Postgraduate School in September 1990 where he served in this role until June 1995.  On July 1, 1995 he was named Provost/Academic Dean of the Naval Postgraduate School by the Secretary of the Navy. He was appointed to a second five-year term in July of 2000. Read more in NPS Archive: Calhoun.

Harrison Shull

Harrison Shull (1923-2003) was the son of Dr. George H. Shull, the Princeton botanist who invented hybrid corn. He attended Princeton University, majoring in chemistry and received the degree of Bachelor of Arts with highest honors in 1943. From 1943-1945 he was employed at the U. S. Naval Research Laboratory, Washington, D.C., ultimately serving as Ensign, USNR.

Shull attended the University of California, Berkeley where he received a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry in 1948. From 1955 to 1979 he was professor and chair of the chemistry department at Indiana University in Bloomington, the author of over 140 scientific papers and a college level chemistry textbook. He became an innovator in computer development and use, originating the model Quantum Chemistry Program Exchange and heading the University’s Research Computing Center.

Dr. Shull served as a member of the Naval Studies Board of the National Research Council from 1974 to 1979 and was a member of the CNO's Executive Panel from 1984 to 1988. He was also a member of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Defense Analyses.

From 1979 to 1982, Dr. Shull served as Vice President and Provost of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. In 1982, he was appointed chancellor of the University of Colorado at Boulder. In 1985 he became Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Read more in NPS Archive: Calhoun.

Kneale T. Marshall was born in Yorkshire, England in 1936. He graduated from Imperial College in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science (Eng) in mining and metallurgy. He joined the staff of Eldorado Mining & Refining in Saskatchewan as a mill engineer, and in 1961 was appointed Chief Metallurgist of the Beaverlodge operation.

In 1962 he entered the University of California at Berkeley to study Operations Research, receiving his Doctor of Philosophy degree in September 1966. In July 1968, he joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School as Assistant Professor of Operations Research, promoted to Associate Professor in 1970 and to Professor in 1975. In September 1978 he was appointed as Science Advisor to the Chief of Naval Personnel in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, DC. He returned to Monterey in September 1980 and was appointed Chairman of the Operations Research Department. He was appointed Dean of Information and Policy Sciences in January 1983 where he served through December 1990. From November 1987 until July 1988 he served as Acting Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School, and in July of 1990 he was appointed the the Chief of Naval Operations Chair Professor of Emerging Technologies in the Operations Research Department. Read more in NPS Archive: Calhoun.

David Alan Schrady was  born in Akron, OH. He was educated at the Case Institute of Technology receiving a Bachelor of Science in 1961, Master of Science in Operations Research in 1963, and Doctor of Philosophy in 1965. In September 1965 he joined the faculty of the Naval Postgraduate School in the Operations Research Department as an Assistant Professor. He spent the academic year 1970-71 as associate program director in the Operations Research Branch of the Office of Naval Research in Washington, D.C.  Returning to Monterey, he was Academic Associate for the Operations Analysis curriculum from July 1972 to April 1974. In April 1974 he was appointed Chairman of the Department of Operations Research and Adrninistrative Sciences. In June 1976 he was appointed Dean of Information and Policy Sciences and Dean of Academic Planning. In August 1980 he was appointed Acting Provost and Academic Dean and subsequently appointed to that position by the Secretary of the Navy, the Honorable John Lehman. For service in this position he was awarded the Navy Superior Civilian Service Award by the Chief of Naval Operations.  Read more in NPS Archive: Calhoun.

Jack R. BorstingJack Borsting was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1929. He received a B.A. in mathematics from Oregon State College in 1951, and a M.A. (1952) in mathematics and a Ph.D. (1959) in mathematical statistics from the University of Oregon. Prior to assuming the position of Provost in 1974, he was Professor and Chairman of the Department of Operations Research and Administrative Sciences at the Naval Postgraduate School; he had previously been a professor in the Mathematics Department.

He acted as president of the Operations Research Society of America (ORSA), president of the Military Operations Research Society and was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Jack Borsting's image, here shows him as he appeared in a 1968 film about NPS entitled, "The Postgraduate Way".  Read more in NPS Archive: Calhoun.

Dr. Milton U. Clauser

Dr. Milton U. Clauser (1913-1980), a specialist in Aeronautics, assumed the postion of Academic Dean of the Naval Postgaduate School September 1, 1970.  He was a graduate of the California Institute of Technology, where he received his Ph.D. in 1937. Dr. Clauser later worked for Douglas Aircraft Co. in structures, aerodynamics, flight testing and design.  In 1950 he became head of the School of Aeronautical Engineering at Purdue University. Dr. Clauser also served as vice president for the Ramo-Woolridge Corporation, later known as TRW, and headed the Leincon Laboratory and taught Aeronautics and Astronautics at MIT before taking the post of academic dean at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Robert Rinehart

Dr. Robert F. Rinehart was appointed as Academic Dean in 1965.  Previous to his arrival at NPS, he was a professor of mathematics at Case Institute of Technology in Cleveland. Dr. Rinehart served the Navy many times during his distinguished career: as a civilian member of the Navy Operations Research Group aboard a submarine in the Pacific during World War II; as director,Weapons Systems Evaluation Division of the Institute for Defense Department; and as a consultant for numerous government agencies. He acted as past president of the Operations Research Society of America and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.

A.E. Vivell

Allen Edgar Vivell, b. 1905, attended The Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, majoring in Electrical Engineering, with minors in Mathematics and Physics. He received the degree of Bachelor of Engineering in June, 1927 and the degree of Doctor of Engineering in June, 1937. His doctoral research was in the field of magnetic testing.

He accepted an appointment as an Associate Professor of Electrical Englneering at the Naval Postgraduate School in 1944, and was promoted to the rank of Professor In July, 1946. During his tenure at the Naval Postgraduate School his research concentrated primarily on magnetic amplifiers and complex magnetic excitations. He acted as an officer of most of the faculty organizations, executive officer of tbe Department of Electrical Engineering, moderator of the Engineering School Faculty Council and has completed many special admlnistrative assignments. He has been Academic Dean of the Postgraduate School since 1 July 1960. He is a member of the American Institute of Electrical Engineers, American Rocket Soctety, The American Society for Engineering Education, American Association for University Professors, Sigma Xi, Tau Beta Pl, Sigma Taa, Naval Institute, Naval Senior Scientists, Armed Forces Management Association, Trustee of the Monterey lnstitute for Foreign Studies.

Roy S. Glasgow

Dr. Roy S. Glasgow was appointed Dean of the Postgraduate School in 1949 and held the position until 1960. He is widely recognized as a prime mover in the university's first steps toward becoming what is now regarded as one of the premier research an educational institutions in the nation.

Dr. Glasgow was born in St. Louis, Mo., in 1895. He was a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, and of Harvard. He was a faculty member at Washington for 29 years. During World War II, Glasgow served as radio consultant to the War Department and headed the Technical Intelligence Committee in Germany for the War and State departments, for which he received the Distinguished Service Award. 

In 1992, the newest academic building at the Naval Postgraduate School was named of one of the driving forces behind the university's move from the U.S. Naval Academy to Monterey in 1952, Dr. Roy S. Glasgow.

Paul James Kiefer joined the Naval Postgraduate School faculty at the United States Naval Academy, Annapolis in September, 1920. By April, 1927, he was made a professor of marine and mechanical engineering and became head of that department.

Kiefer earned an A.B. from Wittenberg College in 1908, and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Case Institute of Technology in 1911.  His experience was broad and varied: he attended the University of Pennsylvania from 1916-18, taking a graduate course in economics and political science not directed toward a degree and was employed professionally as a draftsman, a surveyor, as a power plant designer and construction engineer. He taught mechanical engineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and taught steam engineering at the University of Illinois. He spent a year in naval service as ensign and lieutenant.

Case awarded the graduate degree of Mechanical Engineer to Kiefer in 1930, in recognition of his professional attainments. He contributed articles to the technical press of the time and was sectional director of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. He was co-author of Principles of Engineering Thermodynamics, then used as a textbook at the U. S. Naval Academy's Postgraduate School.   He earned an M.E. in 1939 and received an honorary D.Sc. from Wittenberg College in 1953. He was listed in Who's Who in Engineering and in American Men of Science.

Kiefer is number 2 in the 1921 "Post Graduate Department" class photograph seen here.

Ford L. Wilkinson, Jr. was the Naval Postgraduate School's first academic dean. He was a 1917 graduate of the Naval Academy who resigned his commission in 1927. He became chairman of the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Tennessee in 1928 and before joining the University of Louisville Speed Scientific School in 1933. He later became dean of that school prior to his NPS appointment. Dr. Wilkinson left NPS to become president of the Rose Technological Institute (now the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology).

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