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Public Affairs : USMA Dean promotion and investiture

Jebb receives promotion, named Dean of the Academic Board

Story and photo by Michelle Eberhart
Assistant Editor

WEST POINT, N.Y. (June 24, 2016) - Brigadier Gen. Cindy Jebb was both promoted to the rank of one-star general and named the U.S. Military Academy’s 14th Dean of the Academic Board, June 24 at the West Point Club. She is the first woman to hold the position.

Jebb graduated from USMA in 1982 and went on to receive a master’s in Political Science from Duke University in 1992, a Ph.D. in Political Science from Duke in 1997, and a master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in 2000.

Jebb recently served as U.S. Military Academy Professor and Head of the Department of Social Sciences.

Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr. began the ceremony as he recognized Jebb’s contributions to the Academy as well as her personal attributes.

“Cindy Jebb has been an integral part of the West Point team, involved in so much of what makes West Point the world’s premier leader development institution,” Caslen said. “Cindy, your promotion this morning is more than simply recognition for the sum of your past accomplishments in what you’ve done. Rather, I recognize your potential for greater service and responsibility as a general officer.”

Caslen touched on the historical significance of Jebb’s investiture as the first female Dean of the Academic Board, saying that Jebb’s great skill, vision, wisdom and leadership are qualities that will allow her to succeed, especially with the arrival of the Class of 2020 for Reception Day Monday.

“On Monday, we’re going to welcome about 1,300 new cadets from the Class of 2020 to West Point for R-Day as they begin their 47-month journey toward becoming leaders of character,” Caslen said. “The Dean is such an important part of the development process, so we’re excited to welcome this outstanding leader of our academic program as we welcome the newest class at West Point.”

Upon completion of the introduction Jebb first received her promotion to brigadier general, followed by her investiture to Dean of the Academic Board.

 20160624-A-MQ748-060.jpgBrigadier Gen. Cindy Jebb was both promoted to the rank of one-star general and named the U.S. Military Academy's 14th Dean of the Academic Board, June 24 at the West Point Club.

“A day like today provides an opportunity to carve some unhurried moments to reflect on relationships, the family of families, or the team of teams, that remind us that we’re part of something bigger than ourselves,” Jebb started as she addressed the crowd. “And then we gather our talents, we are stronger as a team than we are as individuals, guided by a common purpose.”

Jebb said that she looks forward to working with and learning from all members of the staff and faculty.

“Together, the entire family, the entire faculty, junior and senior, civilian and military, capitalizing on each other’s strengths, is what makes this Academy a genuine learning organization,” she said. “One that adapts, leads and produces quality work, quality graduates and quality field grade officers.”

The development of the Corps is of primary concern for Jebb.

“And at the end of the day, it is all about cadets,” she said. “That has long been inspired by West Point’s mission, to prepare leaders of character for our Army and nation. There is much at stake and I’m honored to lead the academic program. That, together with the physical, military and character programs, shape the future. One cadet at a time.”