January 11, 2006

Neeley MBA Gordon England Appointed Deputy Secretary of Defense

President Bush appointed Gordon England as Deputy Secretary of Defense on January 4, 2006. England, who has served as acting deputy secretary since May 13, earned his master's degree from the Neeley School of Business at TCU in 1975.

"Since joining President Bush's administration in 2001, it has been a profound honor to serve our nation, the magnificent men and women of the United States Navy and Marine Corps, and those of the Department of Homeland Security," Gordon said in a press release. "I am grateful to the president for asking me to continue serving our armed forces as the deputy to Defense Secretary Rumsfield."

Rumsfeld said he was "delighted" that England, whom he called "an outstanding member of this civilian military leadership team," had agreed to accept the challenging position.

As acting defense secretary, England has been Rumsfeld's point man on several major initiatives, including implementation of the new National Security Personnel System for DoD civilian employees.

In June 2004, Rumsfeld called on England to oversee the annual administrative review of the continued detention of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. As the designated civilian official, England operates and oversees the review process to assess whether each detainee held at Guantanamo should be released, transferred or should continue to be detained.

England served two stints as secretary of the Navy, from May 2001 until January 2003 and again from October 2003 until Dec. 29, 2005. Between terms, he served as the first deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. For the past eight months, he served in both the Navy post and as acting deputy secretary of defense before relinquishing the Navy post last week.

Prior to joining the Bush administration, England served as executive vice president of General Dynamics Corporation, handling the information systems and international sectors. He also was executive vice president of the Combat Systems Groups, president of General Dynamics Land Systems Company, and principal of a mergers and acquisition consulting company.


Elaine Cole
External Relations, Neeley School of Business