Vice Admiral, United States Navy (Retired)
Chairman, CEO & President of NetSchools Corporation
Vice Admiral (VADM) Scott Redd is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the NetSchools Corporation, a high technology education company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. He retired from active military service on 1 September 1998. Since joining NetSchools Corporation in the spring of 1999, he has taken an active leadership role in the rapidly growing education technology sector.
VADM Redd is one of the most recent CEOs to join the CEO Forum on Education and Technology. The Forum was founded in the fall of 1996 to help ensure that America's schools effectively prepare all students to be contributing citizens and productive workers in the 21st Century. Other key industry leaders such as AOL, IBM, Compass Learning, Classroom Connect and BellSouth Business are represented on the Forum. He is also a member of the Georgia Tech Research Institute’s External Advisory Council.
During his military career, he earned a reputation as an authority on defense policy, international affairs, strategic and operational planning and leadership.
His last assignment on active duty was as Director of Strategic Plans and Policy (DJ-5) on the Joint Staff. As the senior strategy and policy advisor for the U. S. military, he guided the development of a new National Military Strategy (NMS) and the military strategy portion of the Secretary of Defense's $1.5 trillion Quadrennial Defense Review (QDR). Additionally, as the military's "secretary of state," he was one of three military officers (with the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff) who regularly attended senior NSC meetings at the White House. These cabinet level meetings addressed the broad range of politico-military policy issues of the day, including Iraq, Iran, Bosnia, Russia, Korea, China, Japan, Kosovo, Haiti and NATO. Previously, he served as the senior strategy and policy advisor for the U.S. Navy and as chief of staff to the Secretary of Defense's senior civilian policy advisor.
From 1994-1996, VADM Redd commanded all U.S. naval forces in the Central Command theater of operations, including the Persian Gulf. In 1995, he recommissioned the only new U S Navy Fleet in half a century, serving as the first Commander FIFTH Fleet (COMFIFTHFLT) since the World War II era. During this period, he commanded seven real world operations involving Iraq, Iran and the withdrawal of United Nations forces from Somalia. Earlier commands included a carrier battle group, a multinational NATO force, a destroyer squadron, and a guided missile destroyer.
A native of Sidney, Iowa, VADM Redd graduated second in the class of 1966 from the United States Naval Academy where he studied as a Trident Scholar and majored in mathematics and physics. Following graduation, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and conducted graduate studies in Uruguay. He was also awarded a Burke Scholarship and completed a Master of Science degree in Operations Analysis, with highest honors, at the Naval Postgraduate School. In 1983, he attended the Program for Senior Executives at the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
VADM Redd's personal commendations include five Distinguished Service Medals, the highest joint and naval peacetime awards. He also wears the Order of Bahrain.
VADM Redd is President of the Naval Academy Class of 1966 and has served on the Boards of Directors of several non-profit organizations. Following retirement, he also served on the Overseas Presence Advisory Panel, a congressionally chartered group advising the Secretary of State on diplomatic presence in the new millennium. An avid amateur radio operator, VADM Redd has won one national and five world championships. He has published several articles in professional publications.