National Defense University

Educating, Developing and Inspiring National Security Leaders

Mary S. McCully, Ph.D. (Colonel, USAF, Ret.)

Acting Chancellor, iCollege

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Mary S. McCully, Ph.D. (Col, USAF, Ret.)
Acting Chancellor, Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs, iCollege

Mary S. McCully, Ph.D. (Col, USAF, Ret.) Acting Chancellor, Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs, iCollege (Photo by Katie Lewis)


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Dr. Mary McCully, Acting Chancellor, Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs and Professor, iCollege, NDU.  She is responsible for the Master of Science degree education program that satisfies U.S. federal legislative and government workforce requisites to educate strategic leaders to leverage the information component of national power for strategic advantage. She co-leads the iCollege international partners’ educational programs. Dr. McCully has taught and published in the areas of strategic command and control systems, space systems, creating active learning environments in international classrooms, information age leadership, measuring performance, and organizational transformation.

Colonel McCully served 28 years in the US Air Force as a Long Range Strategy and Security Assistance Planner, Joint Staff Pentagon; Deputy Chief, Command, Control and Reconnaissance Division, AF Center for Studies and Analyses; Threat Assessment and Evaluation Analyst, North American Air Defense Command; Professor, Eisenhower School; Assistant Professor of Mathematics, US Air Force Academy. She earned her Ph.D. in engineering from Arizona State University, M.S. in operations research from the Air Force Institute of Technology, M.Ed. From Marymount University, B.S in mathematics and physics from Marygrove College, and was a Harvard Senior Executive Fellow.