Naval Postgraduate School Taps Reffett Associates to Find New Provost

April 23, 2020 – Reffett Associates has been selected by the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) to assist with the search for its next provost. The assignment is being led by William Reffett, managing partner and founder, with assistance from Marshall Reffett, managing director.

“We are pleased to have been selected by the provost search committee to work with the NPS to assist them in their search,” said William Reffett. “This is a dynamic graduate education university that has a wonderful reputation in the fields of both basic and applied research, as well as international studies. It is located in a very attractive part of the country. We are confident that we will be able to attract a deep group of educational leaders from the research, scientific and education communities.”

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The role is a federal government position in the excepted service. The selection for appointment is made by the Secretary of the Navy.

The NPS provost and academic dean serves as the chief academic officer within the office of the president of NPS. All academic functions and supporting administrative services report to this office. The provost and academic dean is responsible for the day-to-day academic instruction and related administrative operations of NPS, oversees a diverse faculty and its staff, provides long-term planning and leadership for the campus community, manages the NPS academic budget, oversees academic quality in both instructional and research programs, and advises the president on the full breadth of campus issues.

Located in Monterey, CA, NPS is a graduate and research-intensive university offering master’s and doctorate degrees in the sciences, business, engineering, and international and security studies. Students include military officers from all U.S. armed services, Department of Defense civilian employees and military officers from over 100 nations. NPS faculty have made fundamental contributions to national security through basic and applied research in traditional academic disciplines and in non-traditional and interdisciplinary areas uniquely designed to serve the defense and national security of the U.S. and its allies.

NPS also advises the Department of Defense and many federal agencies. The school provides experimental and demonstration platforms for meeting a wide variety of exigent military challenges. Research is conducted at both classified and unclassified levels.

Veteran Recruiters

Reffett Associates, based in Bellevue, WA, is a nationally recognized executive search firm. The boutique talent provider has extensive experience in retail and consumer packaged goods, private equity, commercial and federal services, government sectors, and associations and non-profits. Its team is made up of executives with tangible industry experience, possessing real world, relatable knowledge about the challenges executives face in managing talent in a competitive marketplace.

In 2018, Reffett Associates assisted the Naval Postgraduate School in the recruitment of Ann Elisabeth Rondeau as its 50th president. Dr. Rondeau was previously the president of the College of Dupage, the second largest school in the state of Illinois, with more than 28,000 students. As a 38-year Navy veteran, she retired as a vice admiral and earned four Legion of Merit awards, two Defense Distinguished Service Medals and the Navy Distinguished Service Medal. Dr. Rondeau also served as president of the National Defense University.

William Reffett has identified and placed key executive leaders for major companies across the U.S. Previously, he was a vice president and partner with Korn Ferry, where he was responsible for initiating the firm’s national supermarket practice. Additionally, he was a member of the firm’s national specialty retail practice, where he focused on companies along the West Coast.

Before entering the recruitment industry, Mr. Reffett served as senior vice president, chief administrative officer for Cavenham, the U.S.-based investment arm of the late Sir James Goldsmith. Mr. Reffett was also a board member and senior vice president for the organization’s operating company, Grand Union, where he was responsible for areas like human resources, legal, labor relations and communications. Prior to that, he was a senior vice president of a major department store company. Mr. Reffett also has 27 years of combined active and reserve military experience, retiring as a colonel.

Marshall Reffett joined the search firm after having worked for U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert of Washington State. Mr. Reffett served as a legislative assistant to the congressman, advising him on legislation relating to financial services, small business, housing, consumer affairs, government oversight and reform, defense, veterans, foreign affairs and transportation. He helped to position the congressman as a leader on global health issues, working with organizations such as UNICEF, Save the Children and the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign.

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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