Presidents of NPS

NPS Presidents' History

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.

Presidents at NPS

 

 
Route, Ron, VADM (Ret.) (5) 2013 - present
Tighe, Janet, RDML  (Ret.) (5) 2012-2013
Oliver, Dan, VDML  (Ret.) (5) 2007-2012
Ferrari, Leonard, Dr., Acting (5) 2007-2007
Smarsh, David, COL., Acting (5) 2006-2006
Wells, Richard, RDML, Acting (5) 2005-2006
Dunne, Patrick, RDML (4) 2004-2005
Ellison, David, RADM (4) 2000-2004
Wells, Richard, RADM, Acting (4) 2000-2000
Chaplin, Robert C., RADM (4) 1998-2000
Burin, James, CAPT, Acting (4) 1997-1998
Evans, M.J., RADM (4) 1995-1997
Mercer, T.A., RADM (4) 1993-1995
West, R.W., RADM (4) 1989-1993
Austin, R.C., RADM (4) 1986-1989
Shumaker, R.H., RADM (4) 1983-1986
Ekelund, J.J., RADM (4) 1980-1983
Dedman, T.F., RADM (4) 1978-1980
Linder, I.W., RADM (4) 1974-1978
Freeman, M.B., RADM (4) 1972-1974
Goodfellow, A.S., Jr., RADM (4) 1971-1972
McNitt, R.W., RADM (4) 1967-1971
O'Donnell, E.J., RADM (4) 1965-1967
Bergin, C.K., RADM (4) 1963-1964
Dornin, M.E., RADM (4) 1961-1963
Yeoman, E.E., RADM (4) 1958-1961
Stone, E.E., RADM (4) 1955-1957
Moosbrugger, Frederick., RADM (4) 1952-1955
Herrmann, E.E., RADM (4) 1950-1952
Spanagel, H.A., RADM (4) 1947-1950
Spanagel, H.A., CAPT (3) 1944-1947
Murphy, V.R., CAPT (3) 1943-1944
Tilson, E.M., CAPT (3) 1942-1943
Logan, J.A., CAPT (3) 1940-1942
Stewart, J.H., CAPT (3) 1936-1940
Newton, E.E., CAPT (3) 1933-1936
Sadler, F.H., CAPT (3) 1931-1933
Church, A.T., RADM (3) 1927-1931
Theobald, R.A., LCDR (3) 1924-1927
Penn, A.M., RADM (3) 1923-1924
Sharp, A., CDR (3) 1922-1923
Fisher, J.O., CDR (3) 1921-1922
King, E.J., CAPT (2), (3) 1919-1921
Hileman, J.L., CDR (2) 1918-1919
Cluverius, W.T., CDR (2) 1917-1918
Halligan, J., LCDR (2) 1915-1917
Nulton, L.M., CDR, Acting (2) 1915-1915
Chandler, L.H., CAPT (2) 1915-1915
Morton, J.P., LCDR (2) 1912-1915
Reed, L.E., LCDR (1) 1909-1912

 

 

 

   

Footnotes:
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

 

 

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