NIU President Announces Retirement

July 12, 2016

National Intelligence University President Dr. David Ellison announced his intention to retire from the Presidency of NIU in late August 2017 at the opening convocation ceremony of the 2017-2018 academic year. The announcement comes as the university prepares for the move of its main campus from Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling in southeast Washington, D.C., to a newly refurbished facility in Bethesda, MD in the fall of 2016. The early announcement allows time to conduct a national search for the next president, oversee completion of the major portion of the university’s decennial reaffirmation of accreditation process and graduate the first class of students from the new campus prior to his departure.

Appointed in 2009, Dr. Ellison has overseen the institution’s transformation from college to university, the establishment of the Anthony G. Oettinger School of Science and Technology Intelligence and the expansion of the university’s research and outreach missions. In making his announcement, Ellison assured intelligence community leaders and the university’s Board of Visitors that he will dedicate himself to the continued advancement of NIU through his final day on the job, noting “the future of NIU is too important to do anything less!”

NIU is an accredited federal degree-granting institution whose main campus is located in Washington, D.C. Its alumni are past, present, and future leaders in the intelligence and national security communities and in the private sector. Notable alumni include a former director of national intelligence; former directors of CIA, NSA, DIA, and NGA; current and former heads of military intelligence; and a growing number of senior government executives and corporate leaders.

NIU President Dr. David Ellison, shown here, welcoming new students at a recent convocation ceremony, announced plans to retire in August 2017 after the university completes its move to Bethesda. Photo courtesy of NIU.