Rear Adm. (ret) Wells enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1966. He later was commissioned through Officer Candidate School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology/ business, a master’s degree in journalism, and a multidisciplinary Ph.D.
Rear Adm. Wells’ service as an active duty and naval reserve Sailor covered more than 33 years. As an enlisted Sailor, he served with Naval Security Group. As a junior officer, he served at sea in surface warfare as a division officer and as a deep-sea diving and salvage officer. At the rank of commander, he joined the public affairs community.
Commanding officer assignments include Harbor Clearance Unit One (HCU One)-Det. 110, Navy Office of Information SW, and Office of Information-Det. Oklahoma City. Selected for flag rank in 1996, Rear Adm. Wells’ initial flag assignments were director, Naval Reserve Public Affairs Program and special assistant to the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV). In those capacities, he served stints as acting Chief of Naval Information (CHINFO), acting deputy CHINFO, projects officer for SECNAV, and projects officer for Chief of Naval Operations. A collateral duty was special assistant to the superintendent, Naval Postgraduate School.
Rear Adm. Wells served as superintendent, Naval Postgraduate School from May 2000 to September 2000. He retired from the Navy in June 2001, but was recalled from retirement in December 2005 to serve as president, Naval Postgraduate School.
Rear Adm. Wells attributed any successes that he had to his family and to those with whom he has served.