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Dr. Janine Davidson
Former Under Secretary of the Navy

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Dr. Davidson is the president of Metropolitan State University of Denver, Colorado’s third-largest public university. Prior to her appointment in 2017, Davidson served as the 32nd Undersecretary of the U.S. Navy. Her appointment as Navy “under” followed nearly 30 years of academic, civilian, and military service. She has taught national security policy and political science at Georgetown University, George Mason University, and Davidson College, and was a senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, where she is a lifetime member. She began her career as an Air Force officer and cargo pilot, and was the first woman to fly the branch’s tactical C-130. Davidson’s various honors include “HillVets Top 100 Most Influential Veterans,” University of South Carolina Distinguished Alumna, Secretary of the Navy Medal for Distinguished Public Service, Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, Girl Scouts of Colorado 2018 “Woman of Distinction,; and the Colorado Women’s Chamber of Commerce 2019 “Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Business.”