Brig. Gen. Dana Born speaks to a group of cadets, including Cadet Erika Martin from Cadet Squadron 08, during a visit to the Academy's Unmanned Aerial System-Remotely Piloted Aircraft training program at Fort Carson July 23, 2009. General Born, a 1983 graduate of the Academy and the first female dean of the faculty, announced on Nov. 8, 2012, that she will retire in the summer of 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan)
Brig. Gen. Dana Born meets Elaine Harmon, one of the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War II, during a book signing at the Joint Women's Leadership Symposium March 6, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Born, the Academy's dean of the faculty, announced Nov. 8, 2012, that she plans to retire in 2013. (U.S. AIr Force photo/Master Sgt. Jeanette Spain)
Brig. Gen. Dana Born and others introduce themselves during a roundtable session as part of the Air Force Academy's women's mentoring initiative Nov. 30, 2011. Born, the Academy's dean of the faculty, announced Nov. 8, 2012, that she plans to retire in 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Elizabeth Andrews)
11/8/2012 - U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- Air Force Academy Dean of the Faculty Brig. Gen. Dana Born plans to retire during the summer of 2013, Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould announced today.
Born, a 1983 Academy graduate, has served as the Academy's ninth dean of the faculty since Oct. 1, 2004.
"General Born's departure will be a tremendous loss for all the mission partners who work with the faculty, and for the entire Academy," Gould said. "She is undoubtedly one of the most influential and innovative deans in the Academy's history.
"General Born's leadership, enthusiasm and vision have been instrumental in every major strategic initiative undertaken by the Academy during the past decade, and she and her family have served honorably and faithfully for nearly 30 years. Selfishly, our Academy family is saddened by Dana's decision to retire, but at the same time, we're proud of, and thrilled for, the Born family," Gould added.
As dean, Born has served as the Academy's chief architect for the ground-breaking Officer Development System. She was the Academy's point person during the sexual assault and sexual harassment challenges in 2003. She led the Academy's educational and research programs to top national rankings, bolstered the institution's learning culture and guided the Academy's 10-year accreditation effort, resulting in 16 accolades by the Higher Learning Commission.
Born also introduced several innovative programs into the curricula, including unmanned aerial systems and cyberwarfare. She led an overhaul of the Academy's assessment architecture by designing the Academy's strategic plan. She enhanced diversity and fostering inclusive excellence for cadets and faculty and greatly expanded the language and cultural immersion programs.
Starting Nov. 13, Air Force officials will post advertisements for Born's successor both through military personnel system channels and national higher education publications. Soon thereafter, the secretary of the Air Force will charter a search committee to review applicants and make recommendations to the secretary and the Air Force chief of staff.
11/21/2012 2:56:40 PM ET While the selection criteria may allow a civilian I recommend that the position of Dean of Faculty at USAFA remain in the hands of a military officer.We wish you all the best Dana Born and extend our great appreciation for a job excellently done.Tim GallagherUSAFA Class of '63