September 8, 2022

Fair Winds & Following Seas, Rear Adm. James B. Greene


With heavy hearts we announce the passing of former NPS Foundation Trustee and distinguished NPS alumnus, Rear Adm. James “Jim” B. Greene, Jr., U.S. Navy (Ret.). Greene served the U.S. Navy with honor and dedication for more than 50 years — 31 years on active duty and two decades of service as a faculty member at the Naval Postgraduate School.

Rear Adm. Greene and his wife Susan are longtime supporters of the Naval Postgraduate School. Greene was a founding student members of the Naval Postgraduate School Foundation. Later, he served on the NPS Foundation Board of Trustees for 10 years and subsequently as a Trustee Emeritus.

During his time as a Foundation Trustee, Jim wrote, "We believe strongly in the mission of NPS to properly educate the future military and civilian leaders of our nation in an academic setting that strongly promotes interaction among all our armed forces. In addition, the presence on campus of international students from over 60 allied nations presents an extraordinary opportunity for coalition building at a grassroots level that will serve our nation well as these students advance through the ranks and assume leadership roles in their respective nations. This makes NPS unique as a national institution. We are pleased to be able to help NPSF enhance the student educational experience through financial and equipment support."

Greene joined the faculty at NPS in 2002 as a Professor of the Practice and NPS' Chair of Acquisition, launching the school’s Acquisition Research Program. Greene earned an MS in Electrical Engineering in 1972 and an MS in Management in 1973 from NPS and was presented the Distinguished Alumni Award in May of 2006. Read the tribute from the NPS Acquisition Research Program.

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