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Secretary of the Navy Names New University President

Article By: Kenneth A. Stewart

Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the appointment of retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route to the position of Naval Postgraduate School President in a statement, July 16.

Route will replace NPS Interim President Rear Adm. Jan E. Tighe later this year following her several months at the helm of the Navy’s graduate university – a period of leadership Mabus described as, "nothing short of remarkable." Tighe is scheduled to return to the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations in Washington, D.C.

Mabus also expressed confidence in the incoming president’s leadership abilities and referenced his more than three decades of military service.

"Admiral Route is the right leader for the job. His exemplary naval service of 36 years is invaluable to the position and I trust him to expertly guide this institution as they continue to provide the high-quality, relevant and unique advanced education and research opportunities that make our naval forces the best in the world," said Mabus.

Tighe echoed Mabus’ sentiments and welcomed Route’s selection.

“Vice Adm. Route will bring an incredible amount of relevant expertise to NPS in areas that need it the most. The NPS team has worked tirelessly over the last eight months to lay a solid foundation which he will undoubtedly build upon and make us stronger,” said Tighe.

Route comes to NPS with over 20 years of leadership at the executive and operational levels. His numerous past leadership positions include tours as Naval Inspector General and commander of the U.S. Navy’s Warfare Development Command.

In addition to his impressive military career, Route is not a stranger to academia. He is the former president of the U.S. Naval War College where he led a team of some 300 military and civilian faculty members and oversaw the education of more than 600 resident and 3,000 non-resident graduate students.

Posted July 16, 2013

 Retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route, pictured during his tenure at the Naval War College, was appointed to be the next President of the Naval Postgraduate School by Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, July 16. (U.S. Navy photo courtesy the Naval War College)

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