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Goucher Alumna Promoted to Chief of Chaplains for U.S. Navy

 Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben '82 poses with her father, a fellow naval officer, at the Change of Office Ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard on August 1, 2014.

Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben ′82 poses with her father at the Change of Office Ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard on August 1.

It’s “full speed ahead” for Goucher alumna Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben ′82 who was just promoted to Chief of Chaplains for the U.S. Navy. Formerly the Chief of Chaplains for the U.S. Marine Corps, Kibben is the first female to have held each office. In her new role, she will advise the Commandant of the Marines, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and the Chief of Naval Operations on all naval religious matters.

After graduating from Goucher with a degree in French, Kibben went on to receive a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. She also received a Master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and was a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Kibben’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars.

Kibben was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Goucher in 2012.

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