Our Trustees

Darnell Whitt

Trustee Emeritus, NPS Foundation

Dr. Darnell Whitt is a specialist in American foreign policy and international security, for which he has served in various appointments government and academic institutions. Most recently, Dr. Whitt was a Professor of Defense Policy at the Defense Resources Management Institute located at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. While serving in this position, Dr. Whitt helped to draft Congressional legislation, expanding educational aspects to US defense security assistance worldwide by emphasizing attention to the newly-democratic states across the globe.

Early in his career, Dr. Whitt held taught and performed research at Johns Hopkins University and Georgetown University. He held appointments in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Department of State, and the US diplomatic mission to NATO in both Paris and Brussels. He was also the Executive Director of the Committee of Nine, a distinguished group of international experts who assessed European-American relations in view of major trends in political, military, and economic developments.

Dr. Whitt is a graduate of Harvard College and a Captain in the US Navy Reserve. He is author or contributor to many articles, books, studies and reports and has been a speaker or participant at events with over 120 professional organizations. Among other affiliations, he has been a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London since 1965. He is twice the recipient of the Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal awarded by the Secretary of Defense.

He currently resides in Carmel Valley, California and served on the Board of Trustees for the NPS Foundation from 2000-2015.