2013 Commencement Speaker

2013 Commencement Speaker


The Honorable Thomas P D’Agostino
Former Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and
Administrator for the National Nuclear Security Administration

The Honorable Thomas Paul D’Agostino was sworn in on August 30, 2007, as the Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and Administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA).  On September 3, 2009, President Obama announced that Mr. D’Agostino was his choice to continue serving as the Undersecretary for Nuclear Security and NNSA Administrator.  After working for both President Bush and President Obama, Mr. D’Agostino resigned on January 18, 2013 and retired with over 36 years of active and reserve military duty as well as federal civilian service.

As Administrator for the NNSA his responsibilities included ensuring the security of our nation by maintaining the safety, security, and effectiveness of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reducing the global danger from the proliferation of nuclear weapons and materials; providing the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and providing the nation with an effective nuclear counterterrorism and nuclear incident response capability.   As Undersecretary Mr D’Agostino also had responsibility for the Environmental Management (EM) program involved in the safe cleanup of the environmental legacy brought about from five decades of nuclear weapons development and government-sponsored nuclear energy research.  The span of responsibility for these programs involves an annual budget of over $18B, with many 10’s of thousands of employees or contract workers conducting technically complicated activities throughout the United States and the world.

From February 2006 to August 2007, Mr D’Agostino served as the Deputy Administrator for Defense Programs and directed the Stockpile Stewardship Program and major elements of the NNSA’s Nuclear Security Enterprise.  This enterprise includes three national research laboratories, four production plants, and the Nevada National Security Site.   Prior to his 7 years in Presidentially-appointed, Senate confirmed positions, Mr. D’Agostino was the Assistant Deputy Administrator for Program Integration where he directed the formulation of the programs, plans, and budget for the Stockpile Stewardship Program.  He has served in numerous assignments within the Federal Government including tritium production programs, technology transfer programs and the SEAWOLF submarine propulsion program.

Mr. D’Agostino achieved the rank of Captain in the U.S. Naval Reserves where he served with the Navy Inspector General and with the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Submarine Warfare in developing concepts for attack submarine propulsion systems.  He also served with the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Plans, Policy, and Operations where he was the French Desk Officer for the Chief of Naval Operations and served as Duty Captain in the Navy Command Center.

He spent more than 8 years on active duty in the Navy as a submarine officer, including assignments onboard USS SKIPJACK (SSN 585) and with the Board of Inspection and Survey where he was he was the main propulsion and nuclear reactor inspector.  In this position, he performed engineering inspections for more than 65 submarines and nuclear powered ships in the Atlantic and Pacific fleets. 

Mr D’Agostino’s awards include:  Presidential Rank Meritorious Executive Award; James R. Schlesinger Award; Navy Distinguished Civilian Service Medal; Secretary of Energy Exceptional Service Award; Navy Commendation Medal with gold stars; Navy Achievement Medal; Navy Expeditionary Medal; Meritorious  Unit Commendation; and, National Defense Service Medal.

Mr. D’Agostino is married to the former Beth Ann Alemany of Manchester, CT and has two children.

Education:  Naval War College, Newport RI, MS in National Security Studies, 1997 (Distinguished graduate).  Johns Hopkins UNiversity, Baltimore MD, MS  Business Finance, 1992.  United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD, BS Physical Science, 1980.