Vice Admiral Paul G. Gaffney II (alumni)

President Emeritus Monmouth University and Fellow, Monmouth University Urban Coast Institute

Vice Admiral Paul G. Gaffney II, U.S. Navy (Ret.) served as the seventh president of Monmouth University from 2003 to 2013; he is President Emeritus and currently part of Monmouth’s Urban Coast Institute as its first Fellow. He was president of the National Defense University from 2000 to 2003. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Naval Research with responsibility for Department of the Navy science and technology investment. He was appointed to the statutory U.S. Ocean Policy Commission and served during its full tenure from 2001 to 2004. In his military career he headed the Navy’s worldwide operational meteorology and oceanography program and he commanded the Naval Research Laboratory. He is a Member of the National Academy of Engineering and is a fellow of the American Meteorological Society. He was a member of the National Research Council’s Ocean Studies Board and chaired the Federal Ocean Research Advisory Panel. He co-chaired the NOAA Decadal Ocean Exploration Study in 2013. He is a director of Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and holds an M.S. in Ocean Engineering from Catholic University. He graduated from the Naval War College with Highest Distinction. He earned an M.B.A. from Jacksonville University. The University of South Carolina, Jacksonville University, and Catholic University have awarded him honorary doctorates.