John W. Yaeger, E.D., was appointed Provost in July 2010, after serving in that position as Interim Provost since October 2009. Governor Martin O'Malley appointed Dr. Yaeger to the Maryland Higher Education Commission in March 2012. Governor Lawrence J. Hogan Jr. reappointed Dr. Yaeger to the Commission in July 2016 The 12-member Commission is an independent agency responsible for the planning, supervision and coordination of the state's post-secondary education system, including public and private colleges, universities and for-profit career schools..
Dr. Yaeger is a 1974 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He received a Masters Degree from the Naval Postgraduate School, Monterrey, California; a Masters of Science in National Resource Strategy from the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF), National Defense University, Washington, D.C.; and the degree of Doctor of Education from The George Washington University, Washington, D.C. In addition, Dr. Yaeger is the Class President for the Naval Academy Class of 1974.
From June 1974 through June 1993 Dr. Yaeger had assignments with naval aviation squadrons and ships, serving as an instructor pilot in each operational assignment. Following command, he was assigned to the U.S. Naval Academy from July 1993 until July 1996 as the Commandant's Operations Officer. He also instructed courses in leadership and character development.
In 1996, (then) Captain Yaeger reported to the Industrial College of the Armed Forces (ICAF) at the National Defense University, and has been a student; Professor of Grand Strategy; Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs; and, in June of 2000, was appointed Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs. In that capacity, he was the principal educational advocate and adviser to the College Commandant. Captain Yaeger directed the formulation and execution of curriculum to include core courses, elective studies program, and research. He supervised 88 senior-ranking military and civilian faculty members, recruited and selected new military and civilian faculty, and was responsible for faculty contract renewals. Captain Yaeger retired from active duty in July 2004. He then became the first ICAF Director of Institutional Research where he served as the primary consultant and adviser to the ICAF Commandant on overall institutional research matters, strategic planning, and assessments. Dr. Yaeger was responsible for evaluating and disseminating institutional data to stimulate positive changes to the education processes at ICAF.
In September 2008, Dr. Yaeger was appointed as the Associate Provost for Planning and Assessment for the National Defense University and is responsible for the reporting of institutional data to external agencies; analysis and dissemination of institutional data to campus constituencies to support strategic planning, enrollment management, and decision making; outcomes assessment research; and studies of institutional effectiveness, campus climate, and student satisfaction.