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Employment History

Director, Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership

U.S. Naval Academy

Second Lieutenant Through Colonel

United States Marine Corps

Affiliations

White House Fellow
Center for Ethical Leadership

Brigade Commander and A Member of the Lacrosse Team
Naval Academy

Education



U.S. Naval Academy

masters
Military Arts and Sciences
U.S. Armys School of Advanced Military Studies

masters degree
Information Systems
Naval Postgraduate School

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Art Athens, an expert on ethical leadership at the U.S.


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Art Athens, an expert on ethical leadership at the U.S. Naval Academy, visited Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division to give an all-hands presentation, April 11.

Athens is the director of the U.S. Naval Academy's Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and a member of the Academy's Senior Leadership Team. His presentation was called "It's Hard To Be Humble ... When You're The Finest."
He said this was a reference to a bumper sticker featuring those words that Marines often display on their cars and joked that it really is hard for Marines, then he talked about his own struggles with ego during his life and some occasions when he felt he was brought back down to earth.
"I believe we operate on a spectrum, with healthy humility on one side and unhealthy arrogance on the other," Athens said. "So we have to ask ourselves, where would you put yourself on that spectrum? And to follow up, I'd ask: wherever you put yourself, how do you know? We probably give ourselves more credit than we deserve, because it's hard to look at ourselves and know where we are on the spectrum."
Athens gave an example of a time he felt he lost his way and experienced what he called "churn. He said he worked many hours on a project for a Marine colonel when stationed overseas and the colonel offered to put him in for an award he was not previously expecting to get. Athens said he kept waiting for this award and focusing on it until he arrived at his next duty station. He ultimately never got it.
"If we're leaders and we are churning, that means we are not doing what we should be doing, which is investing in our people, the mission and service; we are focused on ourselves," Athens said.
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Athens was introduced by NSWCCD Technical Director Tim Arcano, who told the audience about his Naval Academy classmate's professional and personal accomplishments, from his 30 years in uniform as a Marine officer to serving as a White House Fellow under President Ronald Reagan and being named the High School Coach of the Year by the Washington Post for his work in lacrosse.
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"Art is a man who walks the talk," Arcano said.
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Athens also spoke of an experience he had with one of his own role models. When he lost his 9-month-old son, Daniel, to complications from open-heart surgery, he remembered the words of Vice Adm. Stockdale, whom he met in 1987. Stockdale received the Medal of Honor for his actions while in captivity in Vietnam for over seven years and is the namesake of the center Athens leads today.
"At some point, if you get to know Jim Stockdale as I did, you were going to ask him, 'How did you do it? How did you survive?'" Athens said.
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"There is no checklist on it where you can check off 'humility' and be done with it" Athens said. "Humility is a daily decision and a lifetime commitment. The higher we go, the deeper our foundation of humility needs to be, but it is worth the battle."
Athens closed by thanking Carderock employees for their service and saying while they may not wear the same uniform as the Sailors and Marines in the fleet, they are on the same team, play a vital role in national security and deserve the same appreciation.
"This is where the fleet begins, and where it continues to be strengthened and improved. I really do believe a lot of success of the fleet in the past, present and future is directly related to what you do every day," Athens said.


Art Athens, a 1978 graduate of ...

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Art Athens, a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was Brigade Commander and a member of the lacrosse team. Col. Athens was appointed director of the Academy's Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership in 2008.

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The speaker I enjoyed most was the closing keynote -- Art Athens. He spoke of the fine line between selfishness and selflessness. Through his Marine Corps experience and athletic career at the Naval Academy, Athens helped me see how very small moments of selfishness could diminish the selflessness of others and completely break down a team.


Art Athens, a 1978 graduate of ...

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Art Athens, a 1978 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, where he was Brigade Commander and a member of the lacrosse team. Col. Athens was appointed director of the Academy's Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership in 2008.

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The speaker I enjoyed most was the closing keynote -- Art Athens. He spoke of the fine line between selfishness and selflessness. Through his Marine Corps experience and athletic career at the Naval Academy, Athens helped me see how very small moments of selfishness could diminish the selflessness of others and completely break down a team.


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The evening began with addresses to the midshipmen by Colonel Arthur Athens, USMC (Ret.), Director of the Stockdale Center, and Captain Dave Tuma, USN (Ret.), President of the Class of 1964; the gentlemen covered the history behind the book, its significance and value to all junior officers in the fleet, and encouraged the midshipmen to become familiar with the book prior to graduation in order to be better equipped for the issues they would soon face following their commissioning.

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