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Dean of Students' Biography

Capt. Tom MacRae, USN
Dean of Students
Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California

Capt. Tom MacRae was born in the Bronx, NY and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with honors in 1987 (BS, Oceanography), where he served as a company commander and a member of the intercollegiate boxing team.  

Capt. MacRae was winged a Naval Flight Officer and qualified as a mission commander aboard Patrol Squadron Sixteen, deploying to Sigonella, Sicily; Keflavik, Iceland; and Howard Air Force Base, Panama.  He transferred to Tactical Support Center NAS North Island, CA and deployed aboard USS Lasalle (AGF-3) in Manama, Bahrain, where he organized multi-national naval exercises among Gulf Cooperation Council and NATO allies. Capt. MacRae subsequently earned an MBA (Finance and Strategy concentrations) at Yale University.

After redesignating to the Fleet Support/1700/1200 Community, Capt. MacRae served aboard COMNAVMARIANAS staff in Agana, Guam as Deputy for a major A-76 Commercial Activities study.  Follow-on assignments include Officer-in-Charge PSD Jacksonville and tours within the Navy Recruiting domain including Commanding Officer/Executive Officer of NRD San Francisco. He served as staff/instructor aboard Command Leadership School Newport, RI prior to his major command tour assignment as CNAP/CNAL Force Personnel Officer for 90,000 active duty service members, civilians and contractors.  His current assignment is Naval Postgraduate School Dean of Students.

Decorations include the Legion of Merit Medal as well as other group and individual awards.  He is a member of the Acquisition Professional Community and has earned the Senior Professional Human Resources (SPHR) designation in addition to a Personal Financial Planning Certification (University of California, Berkeley).

Capt. MacRae qualified for and competed as a member of TEAM USA 2011 (Triathlon Long Course), racing in the World Championships in 2011.  He also earned “Honorable Mention” in USA Triathlon’s Amateur National Rankings in 2009 and 2010.  

Capt. MacRae is married to the former Linda Trieu of Sacramento, CA.

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