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Paul Lester

Associate Professor

Phone: (831) 656-6365


Dr. Paul B. Lester is an Associate Professor in the Naval Postgraduate School’s Graduate School of Defense Management (GSDM). Prior to joining GSDM in the Fall of 2019, he served as the founding Director of the Research Facilitation Laboratory (RFL), a component office of the Army Analytics Group and the Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Army, as a Department of the Army Civilian (GS-15). Paul retired from the Army in 2018 after 23 years as an officer in both the Infantry and Medical Service Corps.

Paul completed his doctorate at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Business where he focused on leadership development. He also graduated from West Point with a BS in American History and from Murray State University with an MS in Management.
  • PhD - University of Nebraska 2006
NPS Experience
  • 2019 - current: Associate Professor
Research Interests
Leadership development, courage, psychological health, mentorship, Big Data, meta analytics
Teaching Interests
Ethical Leadership
Organizational Behavior