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The Naval Postgraduate School Board of Advisors is a 15-member federal advisory subcommittee providing guidance on matters pertaining to NPS and its graduate education and research programs. The Board, comprised of senior defense, academia and industry leaders, reports to the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

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.

Mr. Walter AndersonMr. Walter Anderson is President of Novium Learning, a publishing company that provides learning services and instructional materials for career and worklife advancement.  Mr. Anderson is the former publisher of PARADE magazine and executive vice president, PARADE Publications.  Mr. Anderson was an instructor at the New School For Social Research in New York City, has been a key participant in world events, and was appointed by the President to the National Commission on Libraries and Information Sciences.  His marketing insight has proven most beneficial as the Naval Postgraduate School expands our reach into the market of potential students.  A Vietnam veteran, Anderson served in the US Marine Corps six years, rising to the rank of sergeant. Mr. Anderson holds a degree in psychology from Mercy College.

Honorable Dr. Jack Borsting.   Dr. Borsting is a Dean Emeritus for the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.  Dr. Borsting brings experience in the telecommunications industry and applied research.  Dr. Borsting’s previous experience includes defense department information and budgeting systems and resources.  He served under two presidents as Assistant secretary of Defense (Comptroller).  He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Oregon.  He has published numerous articles on operations research and statistics.  Dr. Borsting served the Naval Postgraduate School as its Provost from 1974 to 1980.

Dr. Robert FossumDr. Robert Fossum.  Dr. Fossum recently retired as a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Advanced Technology at the University of Texas at Austin.   His responsibilities included Research communication satellite systems and medical instrumentation.    Past assignments include Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency; Dean of Research, Naval Postgraduate School; and Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Southern Methodist University.   Oregon State University awarded its Distinguished Service Award in June 2011 to Dr. Fossum whose work in private industry and for the Department of Defense were crucial to the development of improved national security for the United States.  Dr. Fossum served for over thirteen years as a US Naval Reserve Officer.  He holds a Ph.D. in Statistics from the Oregon State University.

Vice Admiral David E. FrostVice Admiral David E. Frost, USN (Ret) is President of Frost & Associates, a private consulting firm specializing in the fields of missile defense, space systems, C4ISR systems, and military operational concepts.  Admiral Frost retired after 33 years of active service in the US Navy.  His final active duty assignments include Deputy Commander, US Space Command and Vice Commander, NORAD.  In earlier tours he served as the Director of Operations and U.S. European Command; Commander of Carrier Group Eight; Commander of Naval Space Command; Captain of the aircraft carrier Saratoga; Commanded two fighter squadrons; and Commander of Navy Fighter Weapons School (Topgun).  Admiral Frost is a graduate of the US Naval Academy and completed the Harvard program for Senior Executives in National and International Security and the Harvard Defense Policy Seminar.

Vice Admiral Lee GunnVice Admiral Lee Gunn, USN (Ret), 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 recently retired after 14 years of service at CNA Corporation, 11 years as President of the Institute for Public Research.  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.  He earned his Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School.

Dr. E. Jan Kehoe is a faculty member at Walden University, Richard C. Riley College of Education and Leadership Ph.D. program; and a consultant for the College Brain Trust—a diverse group of experts who serve as advisors to Community, Private, and State Colleges and Universities.  Dr. Kehoe is President Emeritus of Long Beach City College, where she led the college for ten years.  She has done post-graduate work in Computer Science at American Technical University and in Educational Administration at the University of Hawaii.  She is past chairman of the Air University Board of Visitors and past chairman of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges.  She was the 2007 Humanitarian of the Year, Southern California National Conference for Community and Justice whose mission is to fight bias, bigotry, and racism and to promote understanding and respect through advocacy, conflict resolution, and education.  Dr. Kehoe earned her Ph.D. in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.  

Elisabeth Pate-CornellDr. 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.

Honorable G. Kim WincupHonorable G. Kim Wincup is a Senior Advisor for Center for Strategic International Studies.  He recently retired as corporate Vice President at the Science Applications International Corporation.  Mr. Wincup has more than 30 years of experience in national security matters.  Seventeen years were spent in the Congress as Counsel to the House Armed Services Committee and House Veterans Affairs Committee, and as Staff Director of the House Armed Services Committee and the Joint Committee on the Organization of Congress.   He has served as Chairman of the DoD Reserve Forces Policy Board.  He was appointed by the President of the United States as Assistant Secretary of the Army (Manpower and Reserve Affairs) from 1989 to 1992.  In 1992, he became Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition).  Mr. Wincup served on active duty in the US Air Force as a Judge Advocate and earned his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Illinois School of Law.

Federal Membership

There are 5 Federal members of the Naval Postgraduate School Board of Advisors Subcommittee.  They are the Chief of Naval Research; the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Manpower, Personnel, Training & Education; Commander, Air University; Commanding General, USMC Training & Education Command, and the Commandant, Army War College.

Major General William Rapp is the Commandant, Army War College.  He graduated from the United States Military Academy (USMA) in 1984 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers. His civilian education includes a Bachelor of Science degree from USMA, a Masters of Arts in Political Science and a PhD in International Relations from Stanford University. His military education includes the Engineer Officer Basic Course, Infantry Officer Advanced Course, US Army Command and General Staff College, the Army War College where he earned a Masters of Arts in National Security Policy, and the Joint Forces Staff College. He was the distinguished honor graduate of his Infantry Officer Advance Course, Ranger School class, Jumpmaster class, and the Strategist Program at CGSC. Major General Rapp is a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Virginia.  
Following command, Major General Rapp was selected for the Council of Foreign Relations Fellowship at the Institute for International Policy Studies in Tokyo, Japan. He returned to the states in the summer of 2003 to attend the Army War College before proceeding to Fort Lewis to serve as the Chief of Plans (G3) for I Corps Headquarters. In June 2005, he assumed command of 555th Combat Engineer Group and deployed in support of the 101st Airborne Division for OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM.  His most recent assignment was the National Support Element Commander and Deputy Commanding General for Support of US Forces, Afghanistan, responsible for performing National Command Element and National Support Element functions for all US Forces in Afghanistan. Major General Rapp’s most recent assignment was Chief, Army Legislative Liaison.

Lieutenant General Steven L. Kwast is the Commander and President, Air University.  He provides full spectrum education, research, and outreach at every level through professional military education, professional continuing education, and academic degree granting.  Lt. Gen. Kwast leads the intellectual and leadership center of the U.S. Air Force, granting more than 50,000 resident and 120,000 non-resident officers, enlisted, and civilian personnel each year.  He is also responsible for officer commissioning through Officer Training School and the Reserve Officer Training Corps.  Lt. Gen.  Kwast is a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy.  He earned a Master’s degree in public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.

Rear Adm. Mathias Winter became the 25th Chief of Naval Research on 12/30/2014.  He is a 1984 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering, received his commission through the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps and was designated a naval flight officer in 1985.  At sea, Winter flew the A-6E Intruder with Attack Squadrons 42, 85 and 34 aboard aircraft carriers USS Saratoga (CV 60), USS America (CV 66), USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69) and USS George Washington (CVN 73).  Winter was selected as an aerospace engineering duty officer in 1995.  He most recently served as the Program Executive Officer for Unmanned Aviation and Strike Weapons.   Winter holds a master's degree in computer science from the Naval Postgraduate School and another in national resource strategy from National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces; and a Level III Program Management certification from the Defense System Management College.

Brigadier General Helen G. Pratt is the President of Marine Corps University (Representing Training & Education Command (TECOM).  She graduated from Officer Candidate School (OCS) in 1988 and completed The Basic School (TBS) in 1989.  Brigadier General Pratt was assigned as the Commanding General, FHG, Marine Forces Reserves in New Orleans, Louisiana in July 2014.  She  was selected to command the 4th Civil Affairs Group from August 2010 to April 2012, and deployed for a year to Afghanistan with 2nd MarDiv (Fwd) in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). In April 2012, she was selected as the Deputy Commander for the stand-up of the new Force Headquarters Group (FHG) Marine Forces Reserve (MFR) in New Orleans, Louisiana and then was reassigned as the Deputy Commander for the 4th MLG from August 2012 to July 2014.   Brigadier General Pratt has been employed by Orange County Public Schools in Orlando Florida since 1994 and works as an "At-Risk" counselor at Glenridge Middle School, serving over 1,400 students in the 6th, 7th and 8th grade. She has an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed. S.) in School Psychology and graduated from the Army War College with a Masters Degree (M.A.) in Strategic Studies in July 2009.

Vice Adm. William F. Moran, a native of New York graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1981 and a master's degree from the National War College in 2006. He assumed duties as the Navy’s 57th chief of naval personnel, Aug. 2, 2013. 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. A P-3 pilot with operational tours spanning both coasts, he commanded Patrol Squadron 46, Patrol and Reconnaissance Wing Two, and served extensively as an instructor pilot in multiple operational tours and two tours with Patrol Squadron 30. Additional operational tour include staff member for commander, Carrier Group Six aboard USS Forrestal (CVA 59). Ashore, he served as assistant Washington placement officer and assistant flag officer detailer in the Bureau of Naval Personnel; executive assistant to Commander, U.S. Pacific Command; deputy director, Navy staff; and, executive assistant to the Chief of Naval Operations. As a flag officer, he served as commander, Patrol and Reconnaissance Group and Director, Air Warfare (N98) on the staff of the chief of naval operations.

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