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Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership

The Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership, established in 1998 and renamed to honor Vice Admiral James B. Stockdale ’47, USN (Ret.), in February 2006, is a valuable resource for the Naval Academy. The mission of the Stockdale Center is to empower leaders to make courageous ethical decisions. The Center’s primary audience is the Naval Academy community—midshipmen, staff, faculty and coaches—yet the Center also shares ethical leadership insights with influential national and international leaders and organizations. The Center’s vision is to become the world’s “go to” ethical leadership center and provide a hub for ethical leadership thought, education, innovation and inspiration.

Some highlights included:

•  Welcoming their second Resilient Warrior Fellow in April 2021, retired Chief Dan Luna. His extensive combat experience in the Naval Special Warfare (SEAL) community is complemented by an equally distinguished record of academic achievement.
•  With nearly 100 podcasts, an expanding offering of immersive case studies and new virtual methods to take the pulse of morale/engagement across the Yard, the Stockdale Center has met the challenges offered by a global pandemic. As the nation shifts back to a blend of in-person and virtual programming, the Center hopes to strike the optimal balance of offerings.
•  In Spring 2021, the Stockdale Center graduated 37 fellows in its second evolution of the Associate Fellows program. This internal leadership development is tailored for USNA faculty, coaches and staff. It combines online leadership and ethical decision-making content, subject matter experts, unique experiential leadership opportunities and cohort group projects. The aim of this program is to provide the next generation of USNA leaders the tools they need to succeed. Each year, the program brings together a nominated and selected cadre of “influencers” from across the Naval Academy
•  Filmmakers from 3 Penny Films, staff from the Center and subject matter experts continue to view and analyze more than 80 hours of documentary-quality A- and B-roll interviews of Vietnam Prisoners of War (1964-1973) for lessons of resilience and post-traumatic growth that can serve current and future midshipmen as they aspire to excellence and ethical leadership.
•  The Ethics Debate Team competed throughout the year, including a 4-0-0 finish at the Association of Practical and Professional Ethics (APPE) Ethics Bowl Southeast Regional was hosted virtually by the University of North Florida. This result qualified the team for the National Finals of Ethics Bowl.

For more information and regular updates from the Center, see their website here.

For a complete narrative, please review the 2020-2021 Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership Stewardship Report.