Chief of Naval Operations Visits Darden

The Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Gary Roughead, today urged Navy Corporate Business Course (NCBC) participants — the next generation of Naval leadership — to “make time to think,” while they are here at Darden. He told them that it’s the most important leadership contribution they can make to their organizations. “You need to know where you stand on issues,” he said, “so it’s vital that you find thinking time for yourself on a regular basis.”

At the International Seapower Symposium in Newport, Rhode Island, last year, Admiral Roughead presented the Navy’s global maritime strategy to representatives from 98 nations, 67 chiefs of Navy, and 27 chiefs of Coast Guard gathered there. He described today’s United States Navy as “extraordinarily agile,” an organization that’s being used in ways that had ‘never been envisioned in the past.

Roughead says that the Navy’s future force occupies much of his time, including how to build tomorrow’s forces and use them most effectively. Another top-priority issue for the Navy is diversity in the ranks. He says the top ranks “do not reflect the way our country looks, and we need to change that.” He added that “our greatest strength is our people.” After brief remarks, he took questions from the participants.

In early 2007, Darden was named an Academic Partner of the Navy Executive Learning Office and chosen to conduct the 2-week NCBC for high potential Captains and Commanders, which provides business skills in strategy, finance, information technology and performance management. Darden did one NCBC in 2007, two in 2008, and three are scheduled for 2009.

A member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) is a four-star admiral and the principal naval adviser to the President and to the Secretary of the Navy on the conduct of war.

Founded in 1954, the University of Virginia Darden School of Business is a professional school that improves society by developing principled leaders for the world of practical affairs. 

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