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The Superintendent of the Naval Academy, a Navy vice admiral, is responsible for the direction and administration of the Academy. The superintendent has several principal assistants who are responsible to him for various programs and operations at the Academy. These assistants include:

The Commandant of Midshipmen functions as the dean of students and is responsible for the moral, character and professional development of the Brigade of Midshipmen.

The Provost is the principal advisor to the superintendent in all matters relating to the mental development of midshipmen, academic program and faculty. He manages the academic program in three academic schools: Engineering and Weapons, Humanities and Social Sciences, and Mathematics and Science. The Naval Academy faculty is an integrated group of nearly 600 military officers and civilians.

The Director of Athletics heads the Naval Academy Athletic Association, and is responsible for the physical development of midshipmen.

The Dean of Admissions is the principal assistant to the superintendent in all matters relating to the recruiting, guidance, and selection of candidates for admission to the Naval Academy and the Naval Academy Preparatory School, and for the preparation and maintenance of the official candidate records.

The Deputy for Finance and Chief Financial Officer is the principal advisor to the superintendent in matters relating to financial resources, human resources and the operation of a network of campus support activities, including the campus bookstore, visitors’ center, food service outlets and restaurants, recreation facilities and personal service activities.

The Deputy for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer is the principal advisor to the superintendent in all matters relating to information technology, enterprise infrastructure and the Academy’s internal online data systems.

The Director, VADM Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership is the principal advisor to the superintendent for the ethical development of current and future military leaders.

The Command Master Chief is a principal advisor to the superintendent in all matters regarding midshipmen, sailors, Marines and their families.

Notable Accomplishments of U.S. Naval Academy Graduates

  • 1 President of the United States
  • 3 Cabinet members
  • 16 Ambassadors
  • 24 Members of Congress
  • 5 State Governors
  • 5 Secretaries of the Navy
  • 1 Secretary of the Air Force
  • 5 Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 4 Vice Chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
  • 28 Chiefs of Naval Operations
  • 9 Commandants of the Marine Corps
  • 2 Nobel Prize winners
  • 73 Medal of Honor recipients
  • 53 NASA astronauts
  • 48 Rhodes Scholars
  • 27 Marshall Scholars
  • 119 Olmsted Scholars
  • 35 FitzGerald Scholars

The Board of Visitors

The duty of the Academy’s Board of Visitors is to inquire into the state of morale and discipline, the curriculum, instruction, physical equipment, fiscal affairs, academic methods, and other matters relating to the Academy which the board decides to consider (Ex. Section 6968 of Title 10, U.S. Code). The Board consists of six members appointed by the President, three appointed by the Vice President, four appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, one designated by the Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and one designated by the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. The President of the United States receives an annual written report of the Board’s findings and recommendations.

Public Affairs Office

As a national institution, the Naval Academy recognizes the public's interest in how we develop midshipmen morally, mentally and physically into officers privileged to lead Sailors and Marines. An important element of fulfilling our mission is effectively communicating with the Brigade, Faculty and Staff, the American public and other interested audiences. In this regard, the Naval Academy Public Affairs team manages comprehensive programs in the areas of media relations, community relations, internal information, publications, and photographic services. Follow news stories on our social media sites:

Supporting Organizations

Several private, non-profit organizations support the Naval Academy in important ways.

U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation

Since June 1886, the U. S. Naval Academy Alumni Association has been providing support to the Naval Academy, the Brigade of Midshipmen and its alumni. Rear Admiral Edward Simpson, Class of 1846, assumed the role as the first president. His speech to the members of the association outlined a purpose that has endured for 125 years: “... to promote kindly feeling among the members and to foster the memories of the alma mater.” While their bylaws and governance have provided necessary course changes over the years, they continue to head in the original direction laid out by their founders.

Today, as one consolidated, integrated organization, the U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association and the Naval Academy Foundation bring the past and the present together to facilitate future planning efforts in support of the Brigade of Midshipmen and the Naval Academy. The Foundation is the single fundraising entity for the Naval Academy and the Alumni Association. It raises private gifts from alumni, parents, corporations and friends to support all facets of the development of the Brigade of Midshipmen.

In concert with the Foundation, the Alumni Association’s focus is on engagement, outreach and promoting informed advocacy for today’s Naval Academy and Brigade of Midshipmen among alumni, parents and friends. The Association keeps its more than 55,000 members informed through a network of more than 100 chapters around the world, 75 active class organizations and 84 parent clubs. The Association web site,; Shipmate magazine with eight issues a year and posted online; and other electronic and print publications are the primary communications tools. Other benefits and services serve to build affiliation with the Naval Academy and loyalty to its mission.

For additional information on the Naval Academy Alumni Association and Foundation, visit

Naval Academy Athletic Association

The Naval Academy Athletic Association (NAAA) promotes and finances the Academy’s intercollegiate athletic program, one of the most extensive in the country. The NAAA is responsible for the coaching, equipping, travel and lodging, promotion, ticketing and administrative support of all 32 varsity sports. NAAA also operates and maintains Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, the Naval Academy golf course and other athletic facilities for the Academy.

The NAAA works actively with outstanding high school student-athletes who are interested in applying to the Naval Academy. Varsity coaches recruit young men and women according to the rules and regulations of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Fans wishing to join the Blue & Gold club, which helps support the varsity athletic program, may do so by calling the athletic department at 410-293-8708. NAAA’s main offices are in Ricketts Hall, next to the Armel-Leftwich Visitor Center.

Naval Academy Sailing Foundation

The Naval Academy Sailing Foundation was organized in 1973 to support the Academy’s sailing program. Through the foundation, yachts can be donated for use in midshipmen sail training and competition. Such donations also created an endowment that helps support the sailing program. The executive director of the foundation has an office at the Naval Support Activity Annapolis.

Naval Academy Museum

Located in Preble Hall, the Naval Academy Museum contains historic objects and works of art relating to some of the most important episodes in our nation’s history. Its collection of more than 50,000 items includes ship models, paintings, prints, uniforms, medals, weapons, manuscripts and other evidence of famous naval officers, ships and nationally significant events. The exhibits in Preble Hall are open to the public seven days a week. The Museum maintains records on all the historic monuments in the Yard and the artifacts shown in the crypt of John Paul Jones, Memorial Hall and other Academy buildings. “One Hundred Years and Forward” is a major new exhibit on the Navy in the 20th century. Another gallery in the Museum features the outstanding Henry H. Rogers Collection of wooden ship models dating from the 17th century and numerous bone ship models. The Beverley R. Robinson Collection of Naval Prints provides more than 6,000 images of ships and sea battles. The Museum contains weapons carried by Captains Stephen Decatur and Oliver Hazard Perry, Admiral David Farragut’s plan for the Battle of Mobile Bay, Admiral George Dewey’s uniform, the official class ring collection, the table used on the battleship Missouri to sign the surrender documents ending World War II in the Pacific, and flags carried to the moon by Academy alumni. The Museum collection is a rich resource for study and research by midshipmen, faculty and visiting scholars.

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