Vice Admiral Jeffrey L. Fowler served as the 60th Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy from June 8, 2007 to Aug. 3, 2010. Raised in Bismarck, N.D., he received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1978 and immediately commenced training in the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion program.
Fowler has served at sea in USS Bremerton (SSN 698), USS Alaska (SSBN 732) (BLUE), and as executive officer for the Pre-commissioning Unit Montpelier (SSN 765) and USS Hyman G. Rickover (SSN 709). He commanded USS Charlotte (SSN 766) and Submarine Squadron 3, responsible for eight fast-attack, nuclear-powered submarines. Fowler has deployed to the Atlantic, Pacific, Indian and Arctic oceans, and the Persian Gulf.
Ashore, Fowler served as a submarine tactics instructor at Naval Submarine Training Center, Pacific; as a junior member on the Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board on the staff of the commander in chief, U.S. Atlantic Fleet; as the head, Submarine Programs Section of the Programming Division (N80) on the staff of the chief of naval operations; deputy executive assistant to the deputy chief of naval operations (N8) and the vice chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; the Pacific submarine force Prospective Commanding Officer instructor; and as the executive assistant to the commander, U.S. Strategic Command.
Following selection to flag officer, Fowler has served as commander, Navy Recruiting Command and director, Naval Europe/6th Fleet Plans and Operations; deputy commander, 6th Fleet; commander Submarines, Allied Naval Forces South; commander, Submarine Group 8; and commander, Task Forces 164/69.
In addition to earning a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering with distinction from the Naval Academy, Fowler’s education includes master’s degrees in Business Administration from Chaminade University of Honolulu and in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is also a graduate of the Syracuse University National Security Studies program and was a military fellow on the Council on Foreign Relations, where he is now a lifetime member.
Fowler has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (4 awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal (5 awards), the Navy Achievement Medal, and various campaign and unit awards.