Retired Admiral to Join USD as VP for Business Services and Administration

Retired Rear Admiral Leendert “Len” Hering will join the University of San Diego as vice president for Business Services and Administration, announced USD President Mary E. Lyons. Hering begins his new job on Dec. 1.

Hering retired as commander of the Navy Region Southwest in August after 32 years of service. As the “Navy’s Mayor” in San Diego, Hering managed an annual budget of $1.4  billion for an organization made up of 10 major installations, hundreds of tenants and more than 10,000 employees.

“Admiral Hering’s proven expertise in senior-level leadership and management of multiple facilities, complex budgets and diverse personnel will bring added strength and depth to the university’s executive team at this critical time,” Lyons said.

Areas reporting to Hering include the office of the controller, human resources, facilities management and public safety.

Hering also is a nationally-recognized leader in sustainability efforts, directly responsible for a Navy program that reduced energy consumption by nearly 42 percent, diverted 75 percent of Navy waste from landfills and reduced water consumption by over one billion gallons within a three-year period.

He holds a bachelor’s degree from S.U.N.Y. Maritime College, a master’s degree in Strategic Studies and International Relations from the Naval War College, and a master’s degree in management from Salve Regina University.

The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls some 7,800 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The fall 2007 establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies brings the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law and Nursing and Health Sciences.


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The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.