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Arthur J. Athens

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Director, Center for Ethical Lead...

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Email: a***@***.edu
Local Address:  Washington D.C. , District of Columbia , United States
U.S. Naval Academy
247 King George St.
Annapolis , Maryland 21402
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1845, the Naval Academy provides a four-year undergraduate program that prepares young men and women morally, mentally and physically for the privilege...   more

Employment History


  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • masters degree , Information Systems
    Naval Postgraduate School
  • masters , Military Arts and Sciences
    U.S. Armys School of Advanced Military Studies
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Eric J. Sobocinski, JD, Manager - Amphora Wealth Management, 29 Nov 2012 [cached]
Colonel Arthur J. Athens, USMCR (Ret.), United States Naval Academy, at the US Lacrosse Annual Convention on the subject of leadership.
How he stays sharp
The Aperio, 8 July 2015 [cached]
Remember what Colonel Art Athens said way back in week one of this series: “Leaders 'Set Direction' by setting standards.�
We started off with wise words from Colonel Art Athens.
In last week’s blog entry, we met Colonel Art Athens, the Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership at the Naval Academy. He shared that when it comes to the leader’s responsibility to “Set Direction,� one key method for doing so is setting standards, standards like “Do your best.� Though its difficult to argue with the wisdom of creating standards, doing so should not be done flippantly.
During my visit to the Naval Academy, I was hosted by Colonel Art Athens. At the time, Colonel Athens was serving as a Distinguished Military Professor of Leadership. Today Colonel Athens serves as the Director of the Center for Ethical Leadership at the Naval Academy.
Colonel Athens is not the type of person one easily forgets. He was both a presence and fully present, accomplished yet approachable, high in achievement but still humble in heart. I was headed downstairs to meet Colonel Athens for breakfast when I spotted him in the parking lot from the window of the hotel stairwell. Knowing which car was mine - we'd been together the previous evening - but not knowing that I could see him, I watched as Colonel Athens cleaned the fresh snow that had fallen during the night off the windshield and side windows of my rental car. That’s the kind of person and leader Colonel Athens is.
Not long after my visit to the Naval Academy, I found myself on the west side of Pike’s Peak helping to facilitate a leadership development event with Colonel Athens and other colleagues.
But Colonel Athens, a leader worth listening to, was about to give this idea legs based on 16 years of active duty leadership.
Colonel Athens simply said, “Leaders ‘Set Direction’ by setting standards.�
For those of you who remember, ..., 4 May 2003 [cached]
For those of you who remember, our first joint gathering, circa 1997, was with Art Athens, who was then Executive Director of the Officers' Christian Fellowship.Speaking of Art (who I've copied on this message), I've heard that he is leaving (or has already left) his position as Commandant of the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and is taking the position as endowed chair as Professor of Ethics and Leadership at the Naval Academy.I'm hopeful we can convince Art to come out again and speak to '81 and us in the near future.
Arthur Athens, the director ... [cached]
Arthur Athens, the director of the U.S. Naval Academy's Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, spoke about leadership. He said while many are familiar with the 'Three C's' of leadership: competence, courage and compassion, he said an additional attribute of effective leadership is humility.
"It's not about me, it's about the team," he said several times during his presentation.
Athens said one of the earliest lessons in leadership he learned as a Marine Corps officer came from a subordinate, a Marine Gunnery Sergeant who had seen action in World War II and the Korea conflict. Athens, as a young platoon leader, asked his older, experienced sergeant, "Why would you follow me?"
The sergeant answered with three questions of his own: Do you know your job or are striving hard to learn it? Will you make hard, but correct decisions even if it costs you personally? And, do you care as much about us as you care about yourself?
"That's what leadership is all about," Athens said.
In addition to the presentation by Athens, topics included updates on the Aviation Logistics Environment (ALE) program, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter logistics and sustainment efforts, back-to-basics maintenance planning, the College of Logistics and Industrial Operations (CLIO) and more.
USNA Class of 1978, 27 Mar 2008 [cached]
Art Athens new Director of Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership
Colonel 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."
"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. During his 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.
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