First Female President to Lead the U.S. Naval War College Announced

Last week, Rear Admiral Shoshana Chatfield was appointed as the first female president of the U.S. Naval War College, 135 years after the opening of the Navy institution. Rear Admiral Chatfield, 53, is currently serving as Commander, Joint Region Marianas, Guam and previously served as a Provincial Reconstruction Team Commander in Farah province, Afghanistan, the U.S. Navy said in a statement.

The announcement came after the Associated Press published a report that there is a current military investigation against the previous NWC president Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley. He has been accused of abusing his authority in regards to hiring, inappropriately spending the institution’s money, and for personal behavioral issues, which led to his resignation.

Originally from Garden Grove, California, Chatfield’s appointment was called “a historic choice” by the Secretary of the Navy, Richard Spencer. Chatfield, who also has a doctorate in Education, will lead the college as the 58th president since its establishment in 1884.


Media Resources: NPR 6/14/19, Navy 6/14/19, APNEWS 6/7/19

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