Stockdale Symposium Featuring Admiral John N. Christenson

Stockdale Symposium Featuring Admiral John N. Christenson

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Date and Time

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Shiley Theatre

5998 Alcala Park San Diego, CA 92110




Rear Admiral John N. Christenson, the 53rd President of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, will be the 16th keynote speaker for the annual Admiral James Bond Stockdale Leadership Symposium at the University of San Diego.

Admiral Christenson most recently served as President, Board of Inspection and Survey, which oversees the examination of Navy ships and reports on their readiness. Previously, he commanded the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, and was the Commander, Naval Mine and Anti-submarine Warfare Command, Corpus Christi, Texas.

A 1981 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Admiral Christenson served at the U.S. Naval Academy as a company officer, celestial navigation instructor, assistant varsity soccer coach and member of the admissions board. In 1993, he graduated with distinction and first in his class from the Naval War College with a master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies. Admiral Christenson was also a Navy Federal Executive Fellow at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

At sea, Admiral Christenson commanded the USS McClusky (FFG 41); Destroyer Squadron 21 aboard the USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74); and Carrier Strike Group 12 in the USS Enterprise (CVN 65) Carrier Strike Group among many others.

A highly decorated officer, Admiral Christenson has been awarded the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (five awards), the Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards) and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.

The purpose of the Stockdale Symposium is to help attendees understand some of the difficult moral and ethical issues facing military officers today. The late Admiral Stockdale, a Medal of Honor recipient, bore witness to the importance of studying, understanding and applying ethical principles to one’s profession and the conduct of one’s life.USD’s School of Leadership and Education Sciences and the NROTC San Diego Battalion are sponsors of the symposium.

The event is free and open to the public. Prior to the lecture in Shiley Theatre, there will be a public reception at 3:30 in the courtyard between Camino and Founders Halls, and the keynote address by Admiral Christenson will commence at 4:30 in Shiley Theater.

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Degheri Alumni Center 228
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

Phone: (619) 260-4724
Fax: (619) 260-4790

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