Navy taps first female War College president

Navy taps first female War College president

The Navy named its first female president of the U.S. Naval War College, the college announced Friday.

Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield will take over as the new president of the college, which was established in 1884. She’ll replace Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, Navy Secretary Richard Spencer wrote in an online release.


Harley was removed from the position on Monday after being investigated for alleged improper workplace conduct. Multiple complaints against Harley claimed that he took part in improper hiring practices and other inappropriate actions, including having a margarita machine in his office.

“Rear Admiral Chatfield is a historic choice for the Naval War College,” Spencer wrote in the release. “She is the embodiment of the type of warrior-scholar we need now to lead this storied institution as it educates our next generation of leaders.”

Chatfield, a naval aviator who has served in Afghanistan, is currently leading a military command in Guam.