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William  . Spain, Civilian

William . Spain, Civilian

Associate Provost
Office of the Provost
(401) 841-3449
(401) 841-1184


Since 2001, Bill Spain has been involved in nearly every aspect of the U.S. Naval War College and Navy professional military education (PME), assisting five consecutive Presidents with the Naval War College's academic programs, implementing the CNO’s professional military education continuum, developing the Path to Jointness, and devising a systemic approach to embedding regional and cultural education throughout Navy PME. He also is responsible for assessing the College’s institutional effectiveness. He teaches American Foreign Policy in the 20th Century and the American Revolutionary War & the Colonial Military Tradition. He has led successful Department of Defense-mandated joint professional military education accreditation efforts of the College of Naval Warfare, the College of Naval Command and Staff, and the College of Distance Education in 1998, 2003, and 2007. He routinely serves as a member of the CJCS Accreditation Team for Joint Professional Military Education. In 2005, he successfully led the Naval War College’s effort for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges reaccreditation for the Master of Arts in National Security and Strategic Studies. Before he retired from the United States Marine Corps, Colonel Spain served as the Chairman, Joint Military Operations Department, the Special Assistant to the Dean of Academics for Joint Professional Education, and the H. M. Smith Chair of Expeditionary Warfare at the Naval War College. During his thirty years of active service, he commanded in three of the four Marine Corps divisions and served in all four. Professor Spain’s civilian education includes a MIT fellowship for Seminar XXI, doctoral studies and a M. A. in International Relations from Salve Regina University, and a B. A. in History from Randolph-Macon College.  His military schools include the College of Naval Warfare at the Naval War College, the USMC Command and Staff College, the Advanced and Basic Officers Field Artillery Courses, and the Marine Corps Basic School. Professor Spain has been awarded the Department of the Navy Superior Civilian Service and Meritorious Civilian Service Awards.

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