The Naval Postgraduate School began in 1909 as the School of Marine Engineering at Annapolis. It was renamed twice as its mission and scope of operations expanded, becoming the Postgraduate Department of the Naval Academy in 1912 and the Naval Postgraduate School after World War I. The President's title was established in 2004 (U.S. Code Title § 7042). Vice Admiral Ron Route, (Ret.), the current president, began his term in 2013.
Senior leadership titles have changed since the early School of Marine Engineering was established by a Secretary of the Navy executive order in 1909. Here are the titles as they have been used:
(1) Head, School of Marine Engineering
(2) Head, Postgraduate Department of the Naval Academy
(3) Head, Naval Postgraduate School
(4) Superintendent, Naval Postgraduate School
(5) President, Naval Postgraduate School
Prepared by Special Collections & Archives, Dudley Knox Library, Naval Postgraduate School