Admiral James Stavridis is dean at The Fletcher School, a post he assumed in the summer of 2013. 

He attended the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent over 30 years in the Navy, rising to the rank of 4-star admiral. Among his many commands were four years as the 16th supreme allied commander at NATO, where he oversaw operations in Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, the Balkans, and piracy off the coast of Africa.

For nearly three years, he also commanded U.S. Southern Command in Miami, charged with military operations through Latin America. He was the longest-serving combatant commander in recent U.S. history and served as senior military assistant to the secretary of the Navy and the secretary of defense. 

Stavridis is also the chair of the Board of the U.S. Naval Institute, the professional association of the Nation’s sea services: Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marine. He is a monthly columnist for TIME Magazine and chief international security analyst for NBC News.

Last Updated: July 7, 2017