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College Leadership & Board of Advisors

The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) is an educational institution within the Department of the Navy. The President of the college is accountable directly to the Chief of Naval Operations, who establishes the college's mission, provides general guidelines and appropriated funds for its operation, and selects the president of NWC.

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President
Shoshana S. Chatfield
Rear Adm., U.S. Navy

Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield is the President of the U.S. Naval War College and a career naval helicopter pilot. A native of Garden Grove, California, she graduated from Boston University in 1987 with a Bachelor of Arts in international relations and French language and literature. She received her commission through Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) in 1988 and earned her wings of gold in 1989. Chatfield was awarded the Navy’s Political/Military (Pol-Mil) Scholarship and attended the Kennedy School of Government, receiving a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University in 1997. In 2009, the University of San Diego conferred upon her a doctorate of education.

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Vice President/Chief of Staff
Michael J. Rak
Capt., U.S. Navy

Capt. Michael Rak is a 1997 graduate of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Marine Transportation and a U.S. Coast Guard Third Mates License. He earned a master’s degree in National Security Affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2003. In 2020 he earned a second master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies as well as a Graduate Certificate in Maritime History from the U.S. Naval War College. He has completed numerous joint and operational assignments including as commanding officer of USS Milius (DDG 69) and USS Cowpens (CG 63).

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Provost
Stephen J. Mariano

Provost Stephen Mariano, Ph.D., most recently served as the deputy commandant and dean of the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy. He also served on the faculties of the School of International Service at American University, National Defense University, the Royal Military College of Canada and the U.S. Military Academy. He holds a B.A. in mathematics and economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, an M.A. in national security affairs from the Naval Postgraduate School, and a Ph.D. in war studies from the Royal Military College of Canada.

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Command Master Chief
Joseph D. Fahrney
Master Chief Petty Officer, U.S. Navy

Command Master Chief Fahrney enlisted in the Navy in 1990. He holds a Bachelor of Science in education (magna cum laude) from Valdosta State University and a Master of Science in leadership (with distinction) from Roger Williams University. Fahrney’s military education and training include the U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy (Class 126), CMC/COB Capstone Course (Class 31) and Senior Shore Station Leadership Program. He is a 2010 Keystone Graduate of the National Defense University, 2015 graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School Navy Senior Leader Seminar and a 2021 graduate of the strategic thinking seminar at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business Administration.

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Office of the Provost
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Thomas J. Gibbons

Associate Provost

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Rick Menard

Deputy Provost / Director of Mission Support

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Edward J. Gillen

Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Deans
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Allen C. Benson

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Leonard Walter Wildemann

College of Distance Education

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Margaret DeLuca Klein

College of Leadership and Ethics

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Peter Alan Dutton

Center for Naval Warfare Studies

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Phil M. Haun

Dean of Academics

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Thomas E. Mangold Jr.

International Programs

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Cindy Dieterly

Dean of Students

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Edward B. Cashman

College of Maritime Operational Warfare

Deputies
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Tim Garrold

College of Distance Education

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Michael J. Sherlock

Dean of Academics

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Sean P. Henseler

College of Maritime Operational Warfare

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Robert S. Winneg

International Programs

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William J. Nault

College of Leadership and Ethics

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Robert Wayne Tomlinson

College of Distance Education

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James A. Schnelle

Center for Naval Warfare Studies

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Brian D. Doherty

Dean of Students

Senior Service Advisors
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Steven L. Shinkel

U.S. Air Force & Space Force

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U.S. Coast Guard

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Craig R. Wonson

U.S. Marine Corps

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Linda Stuart Specht

State Department

U.S. Naval War College Board of Advisors, Ex Officio
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John Nowell Jr.
Vice Adm., U.S. Navy

With degrees from the U.S. Naval Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School, Vice Adm. John Nowell Jr. has had several destroyer operational tours and commands, including USS Porter (DDG 78), Destroyer Squadron 60/Task Force 65, and international commands in Lebanon and Africa. Nowell served on the staff for assignments in Washington D.C. and as director of the Navy Senate Liaison Office. He has had many positions as a flag officer, most recently as the Navy’s 59th Chief of Naval Personnel in 2019, serving concurrently as the deputy chief of naval operations, responsible for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training, and education resources for the U.S. Navy.

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News, Media, & Events

Lectures of Opportunity: "Autonomous Systems in Ocean Exploration: One is None, Three is Plenty"

Sep. 29, 2022
12:00 p.m.
U.S. Naval War College, 686 Cushing Road, Newport, RI 02841

Hybrid Warfare and Climate Change

Sep. 29, 2022
1:00 p.m.
Virtual Event