Douglas Hensler was named the 14th provost of the Naval Postgraduate School.

Hensler has experience in academics, private industry, and the U.S. Navy. In the five years prior to this new position, Hensler was the dean of the W. Frank Barton School of Business at Wichita State University. In that capacity, he secured the school’s reaccreditation and guided fundraising campaigns, including the establishment of a major building fund. In former ties with the Navy, Hensler was a quality engineer on Nimitz-class reactor refueling processes and a manager of quality assurance for Navy nuclear reactors.

The Naval Postgraduate School, located in Monterey, California, offers masters and doctoral programs through its four graduate schools and various departments, which are strong in the sciences and engineering. Its goal is to provide high-quality, relevant and unique advanced education and research programs that increase the combat effectiveness of the Naval Services, other Armed Forces of the United States and partners to enhance U.S. national security.

Hensler received a BSE in mechanical and aerospace engineering from Princeton in 1969, an MBA from the University of Portland in 1981 and a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Washington in 1989.