Adm. Kirkland H. Donald served 37 years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Navy, retiring in 2013 as the director, Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, where he was responsible for the safe and effective operation of the service’s nuclear-powered warships, which today includes all submarines and aircraft carriers.
Donald previously served as commander, Naval Submarine Forces, and commander, Submarine Group 8, in Naples, Italy. He also commanded the attack submarine USS Key West (SSN 722) and served on the Joint Staff, the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board and the staffs of the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Naval Reactors and the Pacific Fleet.
After retiring from the Navy, Donald joined Systems Planning and Analysis, Inc. in Alexandria and served as president and CEO until 2015. He serves on the boards of directors of Entergy Corp., Battelle, CyberCore Technologies and the Naval Submarine League. He is also a Board Leadership Fellow in the National Association of Corporate Directors and an executive advisor for NexPhase Capital.
Donald is a 1975 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and holds a bachelor of science degree in ocean engineering. He also holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix and completed Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Senior Executive Fellows Program.
Updated March 14, 2017
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