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Retired 3-star, ex-IG named to lead NPS

Jul. 29, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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Retired Vice Adm. Ronald Route will take over as president of the Naval Postgraduate School later this year. (Navy)

The Naval Postgraduate School’s next president will be a retired three-star who last served as naval inspector general and once ran the Naval War College.

Retired Vice Adm. Ronald Route will be NPS’s second civilian leader — the first, retired Vice Adm. Daniel Oliver, was fired along with provost Leonard Ferrari in November after an investigation found financial mismanagement at the school, including inappropriate gifts and improperly solicited funds from the nonprofit NPS Foundation.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced Route’s hiring in a Tuesday news release. He’ll take over for Rear Adm. Jan Tighe, who has served as the school’s interim president, later this year, the release said. Tighe told The (Monterey County, Calif.) Herald newspaper that the changeover could take place “in the September time frame.”

Along with his IG post and time helming the war college, Route commanded a carrier, cruiser, destroyer and cruiser-destroyer group during a career that began with his 1971 graduation from the Naval Academy, according to his Navy bio. He also led Navy Warfare Development Command, served in multiple positions with the chief of naval operations staff, and was a naval warfare analyst with the Joint Analysis Directorate, which falls under the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

He took over as naval IG in 2004 and retired in 2008. He’s now serving as president of the Surface Navy Association.

“Admiral Route is the right leader for the job,” Mabus said in the release. “His exemplary naval service of 36 years is invaluable to the position and I trust him to expertly guide this institution.”

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