Academic Dean (Interim): Commander Preston De Jean, J.D.
Commander Preston De Jean came to the Academy in March 2011 joining the Department of Marine Transportation as a faculty member in the Business Division. Prior to his arrival, he served in the United States Army as a Lieutenant Colonel, Transportation and Logistics Officer, with the U.S. Army Surface Deployment and Distribution Command at Scott AFB, IL. During his tour of service on both active duty and reserve status, he participated in a number of military exercises and operations with duty across the continental United States, Korea, Europe, along with assignments in Kuwait and Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
CDR De Jean holds a Juris Doctor from the Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and a Masters of Law in Taxation from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, California. As a licensed attorney in Louisiana, he practiced law specializing in tax related matters, contracts, bankruptcy, and business consulting. He has also worked in higher education administration as Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs for the Southern University System in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. In addition, he has completed studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education, receiving a certificate in the Art and Practice of Leadership. Since his time at the Academy, he spearheaded the creation of the Maritime Law Society; served as Chair of the Self-Study Steering Committee for the 2016 Decennial Reaccreditation; served as Assistant Dean for Academic Support Programs; and has participated on numerous academy-wide committees. CDR De Jean is currently a tenured Associate Professor of Business and Maritime Law in the Department of Marine Transportation.