Dr. Hickey is a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He earned graduate degrees from Troy University and King's College, London and holds a Ph.D. from Salve Regina University. A career Naval Flight Officer, prior to joining the S&P faculty in 2000 he taught for three years at the UK’s Joint Services Command and Staff College. He joined the College of Distance Education in 2005 to help launch the Navy Knowledge Online-based series of Professional Military Education courses for junior officers and the enlisted force. From 2007 until 2010 he served as the non-resident Graduate Degree Program Manager then served as the Director of CDE. He assumed his current duties in July 2015.