Janine A. Davidson

Janine A. Davidson, PhD, has served as president of the Metropolitan State University of Denver since July of 2017. From March 2016 through January 2017, she served as the 32nd undersecretary of the United States Navy. In that role, Dr. Davidson was responsible for much of the operational and budgetary considerations, including prioritization of research, development and procurement, readiness, modernization and the health and well-being of military and civilian personnel and families. Prior to being named undersecretary of the United States Navy, Dr. Davidson was a Senior Fellow, Defense Policy from January 2014 through March 2016, an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University from January 2015 through May 2015, and an Assistant Professor at George Mason University from August 2012 to January of 2014. She additionally served as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow with the Center for New American Security throughout 2013 and as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Plans at the Pentagon from April 2009 through March 2012. Dr. Davison began her career as an Air Force officer and cargo pilot, subsequently transitioning to the role of aviation and aerobatics flight instructor with the U.S. Air Force Academy.