John C. Meyer

Deputy Dean College of Leadership and Ethics
Capt., U.S. Navy, Retired
John C Meyer photo


John Meyer, a native of Ocean Grove, New Jersey, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1974 with a Bachelor of Science degree, and began a 30-year career as Navy officer.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil War
  • Cold War
  • Desert Storm
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Surface Warfare
  • WWII

Professional Highlights


Deputy Dean Leadership and Ethics

He advises senior Navy leaders on leader development and ethics of the profession. He coordinates and facilitates research efforts and new initiatives to advance the Navy’s approach to developing its people. Flag officer development, 2 Star/SES Leadership Course.

Assistant Dean for Leadership and Ethics

Primary responsibility for ethics and leader development in the Navy. Stockdale student research group studied operational level leadership. NWC Professional Military Ethics Program, Navy Leader Development Strategy, Navy Leader Development Framework, Leader Development Continuum Council.

Operations Researcher and Analyst, Northrop Grumman Defense Mission Systems

Conducted research on Joint warfare simulation, a concept for a new generation of U.S. Navy cruisers, and developed an organizational architecture for NWC in the area of leadership and ethics.

Chief of Staff/Deputy to the President, U.S. Naval War College

Leadership role over all mission support activities, administrative command over military staff and faculty, supported PNWC in deputy role.

Concepts Director, Navy Warfare Development Command

Led a team in the concept development for the Littoral Combat Ship, and Navy/Marine Corps Seabasing. Participated in numerous war games and fleet exercises.

Chief of Staff, Commander Carrier Group THREE

CARL VINSON Battle Group/Commander Task Force FIFTY combat operations in Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Commander, Destroyer Squadron NINE

Responsible for seven ship destroyer squadron.

Director, Command Leadership School

Selected by the CNO, he served as the Inaugural Director of the Command Leadership School, responsible for the development and presentation of the Command Leadership Course, the Advanced Officer's Leadership Course, and the Command Spouse Leadership Course.

Commanding Officer, USS HEWITT (DD-966)

Homeported in Yokosuka, Japan. Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, and Arabian Gulf operations. Conducted combat operations during Operation DESERT STORM/SOUTHERN WATCH. Ship awarded U.S. SEVENTH Fleet ASW Award for 1993/4.

Combat Systems Staff, Command Training Department, Surface Warfare Officers School Command

Lead combat systems instructor in the Major Command and Commander Command courses.


M.A., U.S. Naval War College, National Security and Strategic Studies

M.A., University of Rhode Island, Marine Affairs

B.S, U.S. Naval Academy

Related Credentials

Certified Myers\Briggs Type Indicator debriefer

Certified Profiler 360 debriefer

Certified Hogan Leadership Forecast Series debriefer

Awards and Decorations

Legion of Merit
3 gold stars

Bronze Star

Meritorious Service Medal
3 gold stars

Navy Commendation Medal
3 gold stars

Navy Achievement Medal

Meritorious Unit Citation

Navy Unit Citation
Commander Carrier Group THREE

External Memberships and Associations

Naval Academy
Alumni Association

Naval War College
Alumni Association

Rhode Island Saltwater
Anglers Association

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