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Graduation Speaker

The Honorable Gordon England

Gordon England
Gordon England

72nd and 73rd Secretary of the Navy

29th Deputy Secretary of Defense

Mr. England is a Chairman of the Board of Directors for various start-up technical companies, consults for Fujitsu Defense Systems and is a General and limited Partner of GLILOT Capital Partners, an Israeli private equity firm.

Previously, Mr. England served as the 29th Deputy Secretary of Defense. He also served as the 72nd and 73rd Secretary of the Navy and as the first Deputy Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

Prior to joining the federal government, Mr. England served as President of the General Dynamics Fort Worth Division (later Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company); as Vice President of Engineering at General Dynamics Land Systems and later as President; and as corporate Executive Vice President of General Dynamics Information Systems and Technology Sector, Ground Combat Systems Sector and the International Sector. His business career spanned over 40 years as an engineer specializing in aerospace avionics and in senior executive positions. Mr. England is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Engineering.

A native of Baltimore, Mr. England graduated from the University of Maryland in 1961 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. In 1975 he earned a master’s degree in business administration from the M.J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. He is a Distinguished Alumnus of both Universities. He is a member of business, engineering and leadership honor societies. He serves on the board of Trustees for the University of Maryland and is Chairman of the Foundation Board for the U.S. Naval Institute.

Mr. England has served in a variety of civic, charitable and government organizations, including serving as a city councilman; Vice Chair, national Board of Goodwill, International; the USO’s Board of Governors; the Defense Science Board; the Board of Visitors at Texas Christian University; and many others. He has been recognized for numerous professional and service contributions by universities, professional and civic organizations, local government and the Department of Defense.

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