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College Leadership & Board of Advisors

The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is an educational institution within the Department of the Navy. The President of the college is accountable directly to the Chief of Naval Operations, who establishes the college's mission, provides general guidelines and appropriated funds for its operation, and selects the president of NWC.

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President
Shoshana S. Chatfield
Rear Adm., U.S. Navy

Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield is the President of the U.S. Naval War College and a career naval helicopter pilot. A native of Garden Grove, California, she graduated from Boston University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in international relations and French language and literature. She received her commission through Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) in 1988 and earned her wings of gold in 1989. Chatfield was awarded the Navy’s Political/Military (Pol-Mil) Scholarship and attended the Kennedy School of Government, receiving a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University in 1997. In 2009, the University of San Diego conferred upon her a doctorate of education.

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Vice President/Chief of Staff
Joseph C. Girard
Capt., U.S. Navy

Capt. Girard is Vice President and Chief of Staff for U.S. Naval War College. He has more than 3,000 flight hours in the F/A-18 aircraft. His awards and decorations include the Defense Superior Service Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal (with Combat “V” distinction), seven Strike-Flight Air Medals, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and various unit and campaign decorations.

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Provost
Lewis M. Duncan

Lewis M. Duncan currently serves as Provost of the U.S. Naval War College. Additionally, he continues as a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space, responsible for managing the U.S. National Laboratory of the International Space Station. Dr. Duncan is internationally recognized as an accomplished research scientist in experimental space physics and radiophysics.

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Command Master Chief
Keith A. Webb
Master Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy

Master Chief Webb is the Command Master Chief (CMC) for U.S. Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island. His previous CMC tours was at Training Support Center Hampton Roads, USS WASP (LHD 1), USS OAK HILL (LSD 51) and the USS GARY (FFG 51). He enlisted in the Navy in Feb 1990 and has earned the Afloat and Master Training Specialist qualifications and a Bachelor’s Degree. His awards and decorations include a Meritorious Service Medal, six Navy Commendation Medals, six Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medals, and various campaign, service and unit awards.

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Office of the Provost
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James E. Hickey

Associate Provost

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Rick Menard

Deputy Provost / Director of Mission Support

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Edward J. Gillen

Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Deans
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Allen C. Benson

Henry E. Eccles Library

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Leonard Walter Wildemann

College of Distance Education

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Thomas J. Culora

Center for Naval Warfare Studies

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Patrick E. Keyes

Dean of Students

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Margaret DeLuca Klein

College of Leadership and Ethics

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Phil M. Haun

Dean of Academics

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Michael Stephen White

College of Maritime Operational Warfare

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Thomas E. Mangold Jr.

International Programs

Deputies
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Tim Garrold

College of Distance Education

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Michael J. Sherlock

Dean of Academics

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John C. Meyer

College of Leadership and Ethics

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Sean P. Henseler

College of Maritime Operational Warfare

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Robert S. Winneg

International Programs

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Fred P. Drake Jr.

College of Distance Education

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Francis P. Brown

Dean of Students

Senior Service Advisors
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Gary E. Spearow

U.S. Army Advisor

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Paul R. Murphy

U.S. Air Force Advisor

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Donald Eric Bader

U.S. Coast Guard Advisor

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Patrick E. Keyes

U.S. Navy Advisor

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David Brent Hardt

State Department Advisor

U.S. Naval War College Board of Advisors

The Board, under the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) of 1972, as amended, shall provide the Secretary of the Navy, through the Chief of Naval Operations and the Presidents of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) and U.S. Naval War College (NWC) independent advice and recommendations on matters pertaining to the educational, doctrinal, and research policies and activities of the NPS and the NWC. The Secretary of the Navy or designated representative, on behalf of the Secretary of Defense, may act upon the Board's advice and recommendations.

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About the College

As the Navy’s “Home of Thought,” our mission is to educate and develop leaders who strengthen global maritime partnerships in the national and international community.

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Academic Departments

Our academic departments provide core and elective coursework and support the curriculum through research, gaming, and educational programming opportunities.

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Administrative Departments

Our administrative departments support day-to-day operations, from maintaining student records and onboarding new employees to keeping our campus safe and secure.

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News, Media, & Events

U.S. Naval War College Town Hall on Facebook Live

Mar. 27, 2020
1:00 p.m.
Live, virtual event

U.S. Naval War College Graduation: June 2020

Jun. 24, 2020
10:00 a.m.
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