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Division of Leadership Education and Development

CrestCDR Andrew Ledford, USN

LEL Chair

  •  Phone: (410) 293-3128
  •  E-mail:
  •   Department of Leadership, Ethics, Law, Luce Hall (Mail Stop 7-B) 112 Cooper Road Annapolis, MD 21402-5022

Commander Ledford is a Permanent Military Professor of leadership in the Department of Leadership, Ethics, and Law at the United States Naval Academy. He teaches the Naval Leadership course NL310 and offers an elective course entitled Code of the Warrior.

Additionally, he is the Officer Representative for the Lightweight Crew Team and Naval Academy Men’s Varsity Water Polo Team. He also serves as a member of the Naval Academy’s Institutional Review Board and the Middle East Forum. 

Commander Ledford graduated from Princeton University with a Ph.D. in Sociology. His research interests are modern Iranian political history, social movements, social network analysis, and Middle Eastern Studies.  He received his Master’s Degree in International Relations from the Naval War College with a focus on Irregular Warfare and was the honor graduate of the senior class in 2010. He is a 1995 graduate of the Naval Academy with a bachelor’s degree in Ocean Engineering. 

Commander Ledford's hobbies include fishing and dog training.  Commander Ledford has decades of dog handling and training experience from game size dogs to larger canines.  His main hobby extends back to his childhood and competitive nature in dog obedience.  

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