February 7, 2022 – Seattle, WA-based Reffett Associates has been enlisted to help find the next provost for the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, RI. Leading the assignment are Eric Reffett and Marshall Reffett, managing director of the firm’s Seattle office. The college plans to fill the provost role by Aug. 1. “We are thrilled to have been selected by the Naval War College and look forward to this opportunity,” said Bill Reffett, also a managing partner of the firm and a retired Army colonel and West Point graduate. “This assignment furthers our military education practice and is a great opportunity to impact the future of Naval leadership for years to come.”
Ideal candidates for the position will be successful, proven leaders in the academic sector, said the search firm. Candidates must be qualified to hold the appointment of professor at the college, with a graduate degree. Prospective candidates must have a strong background in teaching, experience with academic institutions, the ability to lead and manage a diverse group of faculty and staff, financial and managerial competence, and an understanding of the unique niche the college occupies for the Navy and the Department of Defense.
Founded in 1884, the U.S. Naval War College is the premier post-graduate institute for developing the future military and government leaders of the country, drawing its students from across all military service branches and civilian federal government employees. NWC offers a one-year, resident program graduating about 600 students a year, and a distance program that graduates about 1,000 students a year. Students earn joint professional military education credit and either a diploma or a master’s degree in national security and strategic studies. More than 50,000 students have graduated since its first class of nine students in 1885. About 300 of today’s active-duty admirals and generals and senior executive service leaders are alumni.
Reffett Associates 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.
Dr. Eric Reffett, who is based in Washington, D.C., joined the search firm after working for Booz Allen Hamilton for 20 years working on chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear issues for the federal government. He is an Air Force Academy graduate and retired as a colonel after 20 years in in the Air Force.
Marshall Reffett joined the search firm after having worked for former U.S. Rep. David G. Reichert of Washington State. He 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. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval War College.
A Recent Placement
In September, Reffett Associates helped to place Howard Meyer as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) liaison and senior advisor to the Air Force Warfighting Integration Capability (AFWIC). The search was led by Eric and Marshall Reffett.
AFRL is the Air Force’s premier research organization that leads the discovery, development, and integration of advanced warfighting technologies for U.S. air, space, and cyberspace forces. AFWIC’s mission is to drive enterprise-wide integration and future force design that enables the Air Force to rapidly transition into a networked, multi-domain 21st century force. Dr. Meyer will be the AFRL commander’s senior representative to AFWIC and will serve as AFRL’s principal scientific and technical advisor to the AFWIC director, providing guidance to AFWIC on both the utility and feasibility of current and future science and technical programs.
Dr. Meyer is a subject matter expert in a number areas including electronic warfare and directed energy. Previously, he was a subject matter expert with Strategic Analysis Inc. where he served as the science advisor to the director of electronic warfare and countermeasures in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; and Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media