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President, Naval Postgraduate School
Ronald A. Route
Vice Admiral, U.S. Navy (Ret.)
President, Naval Postgraduate School
Monterey, California

Retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route, President of the Naval Postgraduate School, has over twenty-five years of leadership experience at the senior executive and operational level, which included responsibilities in graduate education, program requirements and resources, international affairs, research and development, and ethics.

Route’s significant career assignments include President of the Naval War College, and Commander, Navy Warfare Development Command. He also served in two earlier flag officer assignments leading major divisions on the staff of the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO): Director of Navy Programming and Director, Politico-Military Affairs. His final assignment on active duty was three years as Naval Inspector General (2004-2007).

A career Surface Warfare Officer, Route’s sea duty included assignments and deployments in cruisers, destroyers, frigates and aircraft carriers; he commanded the AEGIS cruiser USS LAKE ERIE (CG 70) and the guided-missile destroyer USS DEWEY (DDG 45). His most recent command at sea was the USS GEORGE WASHINGTON (CVN 73) Carrier Strike Group of ten ships plus the embarked carrier air wing.

After retirement from the Navy in 2008, Route spent more than three years as a senior vice president at Burdeshaw Associates, Ltd. – an executive-level consulting firm specializing in defense industry and government business. Also from 2009-2013, Route served as President of the Surface Navy Association, a non-profit national organization promoting professional growth and communication among military, academic and business communities sharing a common interest in naval surface warfare.

Route holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, and a Master’s of Science in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also served as the Navy’s Senior Military Fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations in New York City, and attended the Executive Business Course, Kenan-Flager Business School at the University of North Carolina.

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