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Division of Leadership Education and Development
Rubel.PNGCAPT Rick Rubel, USN 

NE203 Professor 

  •  Phone: (410) 293-6014
  •  E-mail:
  •  Department of Leadership, Ethics, Law Luce Hall (Mail Stop 7-B) 112 Cooper Road Annapolis, MD 21402

Captain Rick Rubel graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1972. In his Sea tours, he served in Guided Missile destroyers, in the Persian Gulf during Iran Crisis and Arab-Israeli War, and returned during Desert Storm Gulf War.


He had two commands, including Program Manager of the DDG-51 Class Destroyer Program, the largest program in the Navy, $54 Billion.

In 2002, he was appointed to be the first Distinguished Military Professor of Ethics at the Naval Academy.  Since that time he has served as the Course Director of the Core Ethics Course for 17 years.  

In this capacity, he has co-authored and co-edited the two textbooks and has published several articles in journals and encyclopedias. His textbooks and class notes are also being used by all of the 72 NROTC universities in the country to teach their Ethics Course.

He is currently teaching seminars to the Navy Chaplain School, Navy Judge Advocate General Corps (JAG), Navy Supply School, Officer Candidate School (OCS), Command Leadership School, Navy SEALs.

He has written a book titled “ Getting to the Why” that is at the printer now about a program he developed call Character Development.

In connection with a small company in California, he has written 12 Children’s books on Moral and Character Development including activity books on character.  His writings have been published in the National Schools of Character Education Partnership newsletters.


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