Jay Hickey is a 1980 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He holds graduate degrees from Troy University and King's College, London and 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 U.K.’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 PME courses. From 2007 until 2010, he served as the non-resident graduate degree program manager and then served as the director of CDE. He served as the associate provost from July 2015 and assumed his current duties in March 2021.