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**Naval Graduate School President’s Term Extended by SECNAV Del Toro**

Secretary of the Navy, Carlos Del Toro, has granted a five-year extension to retired Vice Adm. Ann E. Rondeau, the 49th president of the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS).

“Dr. Rondeau’s exceptional leadership, coupled with her military and academic accomplishments, perfectly align with the requirements of NPS in today’s ever-evolving maritime landscape,” stated Secretary Del Toro. He emphasized the crucial role of naval education in bolstering our preparedness for conflict prevention and success in warfare. Secretary Del Toro expressed anticipation for Dr. Rondeau’s continued guidance in advancing the modernization of naval education to address the security needs of the nation.

NPS, known for its innovative approach, focuses on cultivating both warfighters and innovative solutions for warfare. Through tailored advanced education and research initiatives, NPS enhances the operational effectiveness of commissioned naval officers, thereby fortifying maritime superiority, joint warfighting capabilities, and national security.

Reflecting on her tenure, Rondeau shared, “Leading the Naval Postgraduate School and collaborating with a community of exceptional individuals dedicated to shaping our naval and national security leaders has been the most rewarding experience of my career.” She expressed gratitude for the opportunity to persist in this role, emphasizing her unwavering dedication to NPS’s critical mission and its readiness to tackle forthcoming challenges.

NPS, an integral component of the Naval University System (NUS), plays a pivotal role in furnishing specialized naval education within the Department of the Navy. Alongside institutions like the United States Naval Academy, Marine Corps University, the Naval War College, and the United States Naval Community College, NPS contributes significantly to the academic landscape of the naval service.

Secretary Del Toro’s strategic vision encompasses the modernization of naval education to align with national security imperatives. Additionally, plans are underway to establish a Naval Innovation Center at NPS, envisioned as a cutting-edge military educational hub dedicated to fostering innovation and experimentation. This center will serve as a valuable technological asset for Navy and Marine Corps warfighting development commands, while also fostering partnerships with the defense industry, technology sector, and academia.

Through a curriculum emphasizing advanced education, applied research, and technology innovation opportunities, NPS students, under the mentorship of expert faculty, tackle real-world operational challenges to support the requirements of naval forces, international allies, and the Department of Defense.

In January 2019, Rondeau assumed the presidency of NPS from retired Vice Adm. Ronald A. Route during a formal change of charge and investiture ceremony.

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