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The Board of Advisors to the Presidents of the Naval Postgraduate School and the Naval War College is a ten member federal advisory committee whose members are eminent authorities in the fields of academia, business, international relations, national defenses and security, the defense industry, and research and analysis.  The Board reports to the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations.


Non-Federal Membership

The non-federal membership composition of the Board of Advisors has been carefully selected to ensure balanced, independent perspectives representing several relevant communities, including Academia, the Armed Forces, Business and Industry, Research, and National Security.



Vice Admiral Lee Gunn Vice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret) is an Independent Consultant advising on energy, water, climate, and national security. Formerly, he was President of the Institute for Public Research at CNA Corporation. IPR meets the research and analysis needs of those who address domestic policy issues in the areas of air traffic management, education, health research and policy, organizational learning and effectiveness, safety and security, as well as other domestic issues. Vice Admiral gun served in the US Navy for 35 years. His last assignment was Inspector General of the Department of the Navy. Admiral Gunn has extensive experience in the areas of manpower, personnel, and training. He was former Deputy Chief of Naval Personnel, and Commander, Navy Personnel Command. Immediately after retiring from active duty, Admiral Gunn was asked by the Chief of Naval Operations to lead the Executive Review of Navy Training. He earned his Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Dr. Gwen Hall Dr. Gwen Hall is Chief of Staff, Office of the President for American Public University System. Here she has previously served as Associate Provost of Academic Effectiveness and Student Success; the Academic Operations Officer, and as Dean, School of Security and Global Studies. Dr. Hall is a homeland security and national security professional with vast experience in strategy, strategic planning, development, and analysis. Dr. Hall is a recognized scholar with an extensive publication, report, and presentation on U.S. efforts to counter and respond to the use of weapons of mass destruction. Dr. Hall is a retired Air Force officer, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Dr. Hall earned a Ph.D. and MPP degrees in National Security Policy Studies at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Susan Marquis Dr. Susan Marquis is the Dean and Distinguished Chair of Policy Analysis and Vice President of Innovation at the Frederick S. Pardee RAND Graduate School in Santa Monica, California—the nation’s largest public policy Ph.D. program.  Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Dr. Marquis served as Vice President, Corporate Office at LMI, a not-for-profit government consulting firm dedicated to improving public management.   Previously, she was the Assistant Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Resources, Requirements and Assessments) and was selected by the CNO to serve as the first civilian Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, a three-star flag officer position.   She also served as the Director, Planning  Analytic Support and Director, Information Management & Analysis at the Office of the Secretary of Defense.  Dr. Marquis is the author of commentaries and book reviews including Unconventional Warfare:  Rebuilding U.S. Special Operations Forces.  Her latest book, I am not a tractor!  How Florida Farmworkers Took on the Fast Food Giants and Won was published by Cornell University Press in December 2017.  Dr. Marquis serves on a number of professional associations, as well as volunteering in her community.  Dr. Marquis earned her Ph.D. in Philosophy and an MA in Public & International Affairs both from Princeton University and her undergraduate degree (highest honors) from Rutgers College.

Dr. Katherine McGrady Dr. Katherine McGrady is the President and CEO for the Center of Naval Analyses (CNA) responsible for the execution of CNA's strategy and business processes, assuring consistency of policy and approach across the organization, and maintaining an environment of accountability and high performance. Previous positions Dr. McGrady held are: Field Representative to the Commander of Marine Forces Central Command and to the Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force. She served in the Persian Gulf during the first Iraq war (Desert Shield/Desert Storm). She also deployed as part of the Unified Task Force to Mogadishu, Somalia. Dr. McGrady earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Macromolecular Science and Engineering (Polymer Chemistry) at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI.

Dr. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell Dr. Elisabeth Paté-Cornell is the Burt and Deedee McMurtry Professor and past Chair of the Department of Management Science and Engineering at Stanford University. Elisabeth’s specialty is engineering risk analysis with application to complex systems (space, medical).  Her research has focused on explicit consideration of human and organizational factors in the analysis of failure risks, and recently, on the use of game theory in risk analysis. Applications in the last few years have included counter-terrorism and nuclear counter-proliferation problems. She is a member of the NAE and of several boards (Aerospace, Draper, InQtel, etc.). She was a member of the PFIAB until December 2008. She holds an Engineer degree (Applied Math/CS) from the Institut Polytechnique de Grenoble (France), and an MS in Operations Research and a PhD in Engineering-Economic Systems, both from Stanford University.

Ambassador (Ret) Nancy Soderberg Ambassador Nancy Soderberg is President and CEO of Soderberg Global Solutions and the Director of the Public Service Leadership Program at the University of N. Florida in Jacksonville, FL. She has served in the White House as Deputy National Security Advisor, as an Ambassador at the United Nations, as an advisor to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, and on four presidential campaigns. She was appointed by President Obama as Chair of the Public Interest Declassification Board 2011-14. She previously served as President of Connect U.S. Fund, as Vice President of the International Crisis Group, and on the Board of the Jacksonville Port Authority. She publishes and speaks regularly on national security policy and is the author of two books on American foreign policy.


Federal Membership

There are two Federal Members of the Committee. They are the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education) (N1), and the Commandant, Training and Education Command of the Marine Corps.


Brigadier General William J. Bowers Brigadier General William J. Bowers assumed the position of President of the Marine Corps University in the summer of 2017. He was commissioned in 1990 after graduating with distinction from Virginia Military Institute with a B.A. in History. He has served in a variety of assignments including: the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade; Marine Corps Recruit Depot; 7th Engineer Support Battalion; Commanding Officer Recruiting Station Lansing, Michigan; Naval Command and Staff College; III Marine Expeditionary Force in Okinawa, Japan; Operational Planning Team Branch Head for G-3, Future Operations; Plans Team Leader for Multi-National Force Iraq; Marine Wing Support Squadron 273 in Beaufort, South Carolina; Strategy Concepts Branch Chief at Joint Staff, J-5 Directorate; commanded the 6th Marine Corps District at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, South Carolina; and from 2015-2017, he served as the Military Assistant to the 33rd and 34th Assistant Commandants of the Marine Corps. Brigadier General Bowers graduated from the U.S. Army's Engineer Officer Advanced Course; attended the School of Advanced Warfighting at Quantico, Virginia; and was a student to the National War College in Washington, D.C. He was named “Combat Engineer Officer of the Year” in 1998 and has received several writing awards.

Vice Adm. Robert Burke Vice Adm. Robert Burke grew up in Portage, Michigan, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical engineering from Western Michigan University and the University of Central Florida. He assumed duties as the Navy’s 58th chief of naval personnel, May 27, 2016. Serving concurrently as the deputy chief of naval operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (N1), he is responsible for the planning and programming of all manpower, personnel, training and education resources for the U.S. Navy. He manages an annual operating budget of $29 billion and leads more than 26,000 employees engaged in the recruiting, personnel management, training and development of Navy personnel. His responsibilities include overseeing Navy Recruiting Command, Navy Personnel Command and Naval Education and Training Command.