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Defense Acquisition University
Frank Kelley Appointed Next DAU Vice President
Written by: DAU Public Affairs
May 30, 2018
Defense Acquisition University is proud to announce that, effective June 11, retired Marine Corps Brigadier General Frank Kelley will be the university's next vice president. Kelley comes to DAU after 32 years of military service and three years as a Senior Executive Service member. In his new role, Kelley will be responsible for managing and executing DAU's strategic initiatives, prioritizing and updating training, and ensuring we remain aligned to Defense priorities.
"The National Defense Strategy (NDS) makes it clear that we're in an operating environment focused on lethality, strengthening alliances and reform," DAU President Jim Woolsey said. "DAU must support this by providing training and education to develop the workforce, including the new information, tools and best practices needed to meet the NDS requirements of speed, innovation and continuous adaptation to deliver performance at the speed of relevance. To support these objectives, DAU selected Frank Kelley to serve as the new vice president."
An Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm veteran, Kelley initially joined the United States Marine Corps as a pilot before his career moved into avionics, electronics and a variety of command positions. He served in notable positions such as the Director for Prototype, Experimentation, and Transition, in the Navy's Research, Development, Test and Evaluation organization; Vice Commander, Naval Air Systems Command; and the Commander of Marine Corps Systems Command. In 2015, Kelley retired from the Marine Corps and was selected as a member of the Senior Executive Service to provide advice to the Assistant Secretary of the Navy on unmanned aerial systems, drones, land robotics, submersibles and other unmanned systems.
“Frank is one of the best and he's a great fit for us -- not only does he have decades of military experience, but as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy (DASN) for Unmanned Systems, he stood up and spearheaded key initiatives for the Navy. We're in the process of changing how we develop and deliver training to better support the Defense Acquisition Workforce," Woolsey said. "For DAU, this really means that he's the right person at the right time."
DAU is the premier Department of Defense corporate university, responsible for training the more than 160,000 members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce. The university has won more than 40 learning and development awards, including the 2013 Global Council of Corporate Universities Best Overall Corporate University Gold Winner and the 2017 LearningElite Organization of the Year.