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Naval War College’s 1st female president takes command

August 1, 2019
FILE - This undated file image released by the U.S. Navy shows Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, who was named in June 2019, as the first female leader of the U.S. Naval War College after president Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley was removed from his post while under investigation. Chatfield officially assumed command of the school on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 as its 57th president. (U.S Navy via AP, File)
FILE - This undated file image released by the U.S. Navy shows Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield, who was named in June 2019, as the first female leader of the U.S. Naval War College after president Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley was removed from his post while under investigation. Chatfield officially assumed command of the school on Thursday, Aug. 1, 2019 as its 57th president. (U.S Navy via AP, File)

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — The first female leader of the U.S. Naval War College has officially assumed command of the school.

The college said Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield became the 57th president Thursday. Chatfield, a helicopter pilot, previously led a military command in Guam.

She has said she’s humbled by her selection as college president and looks forward to serving. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has called her a “historic choice.”

The college didn’t hold a traditional change-of-command ceremony. Chatfield’s predecessor, Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley, was administratively reassigned in June pending the outcome of an inspector general investigation.

The reassignment came days after The Associated Press reported Harley was under investigation for questionable behavior.

The provost served as acting president.

The post-graduate institution in Newport, Rhode Island, graduates about 1,600 students each year and employs around 700 faculty and staff.