Our Trustees

Richard Elster

Trustee, NPS Foundation

Dr. Richard Elster was Academic Dean and Provost of the Naval Postgraduate School from 1995 to 2012.  In earlier years, he served as Associate Provost for Instruction, as a department chair at NPS, and held the Navy's Manpower Chair at that institution.

Dr. Elster has served in several Department of Defense positions in Washington, D.C. In the mid-1980s, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and as Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs. In this period, he was also tasked to establish what is now known as the Personnel Security Research Center, an organization reporting to the Office of the Secretary of Defense. For his work, he was twice awarded the Navy's Distinguished Civilian Service Award.

In the early 1990s, he served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Resource Management and Support.

He was recently selected as a Fellow of the California Council on Science and Technology. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the NPS Foundation. He resides with his wife Janice in Monterey, California.