Margaret DeLuca Klein, Ed.D.

Professor College of Leadership and Ethics
Rear Adm., U.S. Navy, Retired
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Professor “Peg” Klein, a Naval Academy graduate, completed her Navy career in 2017. As Rear Adm. Klein, she served as the Secretary of Defense’s Advisor for Military Professionalism. Klein served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Cyber Command and in 2008 served as director of operations for the Navy’s Network Warfare Command. In 2011, she commanded an American military force of five ships, 30 aircraft and over 3,300 Sailors and Marines in combat operations in the Mediterranean Sea. She served as the 82nd Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy, where she was responsible for 4,400 Navy and Marine Corps officer candidates. Klein also commanded an aviation squadron and wing.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil-Military Relations
  • Command and Control
  • Ethics
  • Leadership

Professional Highlights


Dean of Leadership and Ethics

Support Leadership and Ethics electives for the War College Support the Navy in the Leader Development Framework, specifically own the leader development strategy for all Navy post major commanders and senior


Ed.D., University of Pennsylvania

M.S., University of Southern Maine

B.S., U.S. Naval Academy

Research Contributions and Publications

Awards and Decorations

Defense Distinguished Service Medal

Defense Superior Service Medal
2 Medals

Legion of Merit
4 Awards

Defense Meritorious Service Medal

Navy Commendation Medal

Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal

Other Honors

Notre Dame Academy Distinguished Graduate of the Year

External Memberships and Associations

Women in Aviation International

Notre Dame Academy
Chair, Board of Directors

New England Center and Home for Veterans
Board of Directors

US Naval Institute

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