Our Trustees

Darnell Whitt

Trustee Emeritus, NPS Foundation

Dr. Darnell Whitt is a specialist in American foreign policy and international security, and has served in a variety of appointments in and out of government and academic institutions. Most recently, he was a professor of defense policy at the Defense Resources Management Institute, a teaching and research center founded and supervised by the Secretary of Defense, and located at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA. Before joining DRMI in 1988, Dr. Whitt served for eleven years as Intelligence Advisor to the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, the Pentagon’s four-star-equivalent, third-ranking civilian official who directs the Defense Department’s role in the national-security decision-making process. For distinguished performance in this assignment, he was awarded the Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal by the Secretary of Defense in 1981 and again in 1988.

In the 1960s and 1970s, he taught and published research at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service; and he held appointments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of State, and the U.S. diplomatic mission to NATO in Paris and Brussels. A graduate of Harvard College and a retired U.S. Navy Captain with more than 32 years of commissioned service, Dr. Whitt is author of or contributor to many articles, books, studies, and reports, and a speaker or participant in events of over 120 professional organizations.

He has served as an Officer or Board Member in a broad range of educational and philanthropic organizations nationally and within his community, including his role as Trustee Emeritus for the Naval Postgraduate School Alumni Association and Foundation.