2018-2019 Executive in Residence

The Honorable Sean J. Stackley

Former Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition) and
Currently L-3 Technologies Vice President for Advanced Programs and Technologies 

Sean Stackley

Sean Stackley spent four decades in public service, including a 27-year career in the U.S. Navy where he served at-sea in engineering and combat systems assignments, and subsequently as an Engineering Duty Officer performing design, construction, maintenance & modernization across all Navy Surface Combatant ship programs.  From 2001 to 2005, he served as the Navy’s LPD 17 Amphibious Ship major program manager.

He served on the Senate Armed Services Committee from 2005-2008, assigned as Staff Lead for the Seapower Subcommittee, responsible for formulating budget and legislative provisions and performing oversight of Navy, Marine Corps, Maritime Administration, and Transportation Command programs.

In 2008, he was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development & Acquisition), responsible for the development, procurement, and life cycle support of Navy and Marine Corps ships, aircraft, tactical vehicles, and weapon systems; and related acquisition strategy, contracting, program oversight, industrial base policy, and workforce development.  From January to July, 2017, he served as Acting Secretary of the Navy to guide the DoN’s transition between Administrations; including oversight of financial, personnel, acquisition, material, and various policy matters.  Separately, he was assigned by Secretary of Defense to lead the Congressionally-directed reorganization of the Defense Acquisition organization.

In January 2018, he assumed responsibilities as L-3 Technologies Vice President for Advanced Programs and Technologies.

Stackley graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy with a B.S., Mechanical Engineering.  He holds the degrees of Ocean Engineer and M.S., Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and is a certified professional engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.  He has received the Defense Distinguished Public Service Award, Legion of Merit, Navy League Leadership, Small Business Leadership, and various other Service Awards.

He will be on campus Thursday, October 18 to meet with UMW students.

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