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Posted July 26, 2010
James J. Wirtz, Dean of the School of International Graduate Studies (SIGS), was recognized for two decades of federal service at the Naval Postgraduate School during a ceremony on July 16.
Provost Leonard Ferrari held the ceremony just before the Provost’s Council meeting. Ferrari presented the Dean with a Length of Service Award and a 20-year pin. The ceremony was attended by council members as well as SIGS staff.
Wirtz was hired by NPS in 1990 as a faculty member with the National Security Affairs (NSA) department, specializing in nuclear strategy, international relations theory and intelligence. He has remained with NSA throughout his career. He chaired the department for four years, 2000-2005. Then in 2008, he was selected as the interim dean of SIGS when retired Army Gen. Robert Ord stepped down. Wirtz was appointed dean of the school in late 2009 following a rigorous national selection process for the position.
Dean Wirtz also serves as the Director of the Global Center for Security Cooperation, located here at NPS, and continues to teach at the NSA’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security.
Before NPS, Wirtz taught at Franklin & Marshall College, Penn State University and the State University of New York, Binghamton. He completed his doctoral degree in political science from Columbia University in 1989.