Art Athens new Director of Stockdale Center for Ethical LeadershipColonel Athens Appointed As Stockdale Center Director (Art Athens '78)ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Admiral Jeffrey L. Fowler has appointed Marine Corps Reserve Colonel Arthur Athens the Director of the Vice Admiral Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership.
...Athens has served as the Lakefield Family Foundation Distinguished Military Professor at the Academy since 2003 and has been Interim Director of the Center on since July 2, 2007."Colonel Art Athens is a widely respected and highly valued member of the U.S. Naval Academy senior leadership team," said Fowler.
...I am confident with Art at the helm, the Stockdale Center will have a profound impact not only on the Naval Academy and our midshipmen, but on the Naval Service and our nation as well - providing both emerging and seasoned leaders with the concepts and tools needed to confront the ethical challenges they face."The Center for the Study of Professional Military Ethics at the Naval Academy was established in 1998.
Supported in significant measure by private gifts to the Naval Academy
Foundation by alumni, friends of the Academy, and corporations and foundations, and building on the Academys proven track record of ethical leadership development, the Naval Academy
chartered the Center to reach out not only to the Naval Academy community, but also to the wider audience of the Navy, Marine Corps
and the nation at large.
Beginning in 2006, the strategic mission of the original Ethics Center was revised and expanded, and the Center itself was given a new name - The Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
.Admiral Stockdale, a 1947 Academy graduate, a prisoner of war for more than seven years, a recipient of the Medal of Honor, and a lifelong student of leadership, philosophy and ethics, embodied the selfless and courageous leadership the Academy seeks from midshipmen, officers and national leaders.
"I first met Admiral Stockdale in 1987 while serving as a White House Fellow and quickly gained a deep appreciation for his
intellect, integrity, and courage," said Athens
"Now, twenty one years later, I am humbled and honored to lead a Center that bears Admiral Stockdales name.I look forward to working with the Stockdale Center
team to contribute to the moral development of our nations leaders."Born and reared in Huntington, N.Y., Athens attended the U.S. Naval Academy where he served as Brigade Commander, lettered on the varsity lacrosse team, and received both the Alumni Association Award and the Coaches Calvert Award.He
graduated with distinction in 1978 and was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps
active duty career, he
held significant command and staff positions in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Marine Aircraft Wings.Athens also served as the Anti-air Warfare Instructor and Academic Dean at Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 and taught Computer Science at the Naval Academy where he received the Clements Award as outstanding military educator.While assigned to the Naval Academy, he became a White House Fellow and served at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.Athens earned a masters degree in Information Systems from the Naval Postgraduate School, where he stood first in his graduating class, as well as a masters in Military Arts and Sciences from the U.S. Armys School of Advanced Military Studies.Colonel Athens left active duty in 1994, transferring to the Marine Corps Reserves, to serve as the Executive Director of Officers Christian Fellowship, a worldwide organization assisting military officers integrate their personal faith and professional responsibilities.After leading OCF for five years, Athens assumed responsibilities as Commandant of Midshipmen at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy, one of the Nations five federal service academies.He
remained in that position until his
selection as the Naval Academys first Lakefield Family Foundation
Distinguished Military Professor in 2003.As a Marine reservist, Athens has been a Space Operations Officer for the U.S. Space Command, the Commanding Officer of Marine Air Control Squadron 24, a Strategic Analyst at Headquarters Marine Corps, and the Special Assistant to the President of Marine Corps University.