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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. 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 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 Naval Postgraduate School Board of Advisors Subcommittee. They are the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (Manpower, Personnel, Training and Education) (N1), and Commandant of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy. 


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. 

Brigadier General Gorry Brigadier General Gorry was raised in Connecticut and North Carolina and received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1984. He was a collegiate wrestler for the Tarheels from 1980-1984 and was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in May 2013. Brigadier General Gorry also holds a Masters of Science in Administration from Central Michigan University and a Masters of Business Administration from Webster University, and attended the Higher Command and Staff Course, Defense Academy of the United Kingdom. Brigadier General Gorry assumed the position of President, Marine Corps University and Commanding General, Education Command in July 2016. In July 2011 Colonel Gorry assumed command of Marine Corps Installations East and was promoted to his current rank of Brigadier General in August 2011. In July 2013, BGen Gorry relinquished command and was appointed as the Commandant of the Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy.