CDR Michael Novak '70, USN (Ret.)
'70's Classes

Mike Novak grew up in Traverse City, Michigan, and entered the Naval Academy in 1966 as a member of the Class of 1970. His Navy career included service aboard USS GRAY (DE 1054), USS THOMASTON (LSD 28), and USS MIDWAY (CV 41); management of Equal Opportunity and Race Relations programs, intercultural relations/overseas diplomacy programs, shipboard training programs, and defense logistics. His significant duties included three Reserve command tours, service as an interpreter (Japanese-English) for the Director of Naval Intelligence, and staff action officer for the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Logistics, in the Pentagon. His second career in federal government included several positions with the Internal Revenue Service National Headquarters, Department of the Treasury Office of Strategic Planning and Evaluation, and the Defense Logistics Agency Executive Directorate of Quality Assurance. His significant duties included drafting the Treasury Department Strategic Plan; serving on task groups chartered by Vice President Gore’s National Partnership for Reinventing Government; and developing and implementing Defense Department acquisition policy. He is currently Director of Quality at EA Principals, Inc., a global training and consulting firm specializing in organizational transformation.

Mike is a specialist in Organizational Performance Assessment and Improvement, particularly within the context of the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence. His experience with the Baldrige Framework and methodology began in 1994 as an Examiner with the President’s Quality Award. Subsequently, he has served in various roles in numerous Baldrige-based programs; has been an internal and external consultant to organizations implementing the Baldrige method or applying for Baldrige-based awards; and was a four-time Examiner with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program. From 2009 to 2015, he was Executive Director of the Maryland Performance Excellence Awards program, a state-level Baldrige-based organizational excellence recognition program.

Mike has published nearly 100 professional papers, articles, and reviews, and has delivered over 80 presentations to industry, government, and professional audiences. He has been Teaching Assistant or guest lecturer at colleges and universities including the University of Denver, Harrisburg University of Science and Technology, and the Johns Hopkins University Graduate Division of Business and Management.

Mike is a Past President of the Washington, DC, Chapter of the Knowledge Management Professional Society, and Past Co-Chair of the Federal Knowledge Management Working Group. He has also been Co-Chair of the Government Enterprise Integrators Group research team on Enterprise Risk Management and Co-Chair of the Knowledge and Human Capital Retention Special Interest Group. In addition to the U.S. Naval Academy, he is a graduate of the University of Maryland (BA, Asian Studies, 1977 and Master of General Administration, 1981), and the U.S. Naval War College (1990). He is a Senior Member of the American Society for Quality, a Certified Manager of Quality and Organizational Excellence, a Certified Quality Engineer, and a Certified Enterprise Architect.
Mike has served as Class Vice President from 2001 to 2011, and as Class President since 2011. He frequently serves as a Facilitator for the U.S. Naval Academy Capstone Seminar in Moral Leadership. He is a member Greater Washington Area, Quantico Area, and Detroit chapters of the USNA Alumni Association.

Mike is a resident of Dumfries, Virginia. He is married to the former Eiko Teramoto of Kumamoto, Japan, and they have two children, Michael, Jr., of Atlanta and Jennifer, of Austin. During the warmer months, Mike spends time in a cabin in the woods near Harrietta, Michigan, where he fishes for brook trout, cooks gourmet campfire meals, and unsuccessfully tends a small garden. His hobbies include rescuing beagles and participating in obstacle course races (a.k.a. “mud runs”).


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