Paul G. Gaffney II

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Paul G. Gaffney II
VADM Paul G. Gaffney II (Ret.), as president of National Defense University, 06/12/2000
Seventh President of Monmouth University
In office
July 2003 – July 2013
Personal details
Alma mater United States Naval Academy
The Catholic University of America
Jacksonville University

Vice Admiral Paul Golden Gaffney II, USN (Ret.), (born 1946) was the seventh president of Monmouth University in West Long Branch, New Jersey, from 2003 to 2013, becoming president emeritus August 1, 2013. He was succeeded as Monmouth University president by Dr. Paul R. Brown.

Gaffney graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1968. Upon graduation, he was selected for immediate graduate education and received a master's degree in Ocean Engineering from The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He completed a year as a student and advanced research fellow at the Naval War College, graduating with highest distinction. He completed an M.B.A. at Jacksonville University. The University of South Carolina, Jacksonville University, and The Catholic University of America have awarded him honorary doctorates.

He was president of the National Defense University from 2000 to 2003. Admiral Gaffney was the Chief of Naval Research with responsibility for science and technology investment for the Navy and Marine Corps from 1996-2000 and Commander of Naval Oceanography and Meteorology, 1994-1997. In July, 2001 he was appointed by the President to the United States Commission on Ocean Policy, and served through the full term of the Commission until 2004. On August 12, 2009, Gaffney was named the chair of the Ocean Research Advisory Panel (ORAP)(formerly called: Ocean Research and Resources Advisory Panel (ORRAP)), a panel created by statute to advise federal agencies regarding ocean science and management matters.[1] In 2012 he co-chaired the Decadal Review of the US Ocean Exploration Program. On October 1, 2014, he was appointed as the first chair of new Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OAEB),[2] [3]a Federal Advisory Committee Act body established by PL111-11.[4][5]

Gaffney's naval career spanned over three decades including duty at sea, overseas, and ashore in executive and command positions. He served in Japan, Vietnam, Spain, and Indonesia. While a military officer, his career focused on oceanography.

He is the eponym of Gaffney Ridge, an undersea ridge in the South China Sea, 220 miles west of the Philippines (located at Latitude 13° 23' 00" N and Longitude 118° 32' 00" E).[6][7][8]

Gaffney is the recipient of a number of military decorations, the Naval War College's J. William Middendorf Prize for Strategic Research, the Outstanding Public Service Award from the Virginia Research and Technology Consortium, and the Potomac Institutes's Navigator Award.[9] He has served on several boards of higher education and was a member of the Ocean Studies Board of the United States National Research Council. He is a director of Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc., and currently serves as a Fellow of the Urban Coast Institute at Monmouth University,[10] and on the leadership council of the Joint Ocean Commission Initiative.[11] In 2010, he was elected to the National Academy of Engineering for technical leadership in naval research and development and its impact on U.S. defense, ocean policy, and the Arctic.[12]

Gaffney retired from Monmouth University in August 2013[13][14] and now consults from Columbia, SC. On May 8, 2014, Gaffney was the guest speaker at the hooding ceremony for master's and doctoral graduates of the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina.[15]


  1. ^ Consortium for Ocean Leadership. [1].
  2. ^ "Ocean Exploration Advisory Board"
  3. ^ "Panel to Guide Ocean Exploration"
  4. ^ "PUBLIC LAW 111–11—MAR. 30, 2009 123 STAT. 991"
  5. ^ "33 U.S. Code § 3405 - Ocean Exploration Advisory Board"
  6. ^ [2] "Gaffney Ridge: Undersea Features SOURCE: National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, Bethesda, MD, USA, Accessed April 16, 2014
  7. ^ Gaffney Ridge
  8. ^ [3] "Sails Set to the Sky" Monmouth University Magazine, Summer 2003.
  9. ^ 2001 Navigator Award Winners, Potomac Institute for Policy Studies. Accessed March 8, 2008.
  10. ^ [4] "Gaffney is Urban Coast Institute Fellow" Monmouth University Magazine, Fall 2013.
  11. ^ [5] Joint Initiative Leadership Council Biographies.
  12. ^ [6] NAE Member Directory.
  13. ^ "Monmouth University president to retire." [7].
  14. ^ "Monmouth University president to retire in 2013."
  15. ^ "Admiral Paul G. Gaffney, USN, (Ret.), will be the featured guest speaker for the Arnold School's Hooding Ceremony." [8]


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