Navy undersecretary to leave job for academic post

Navy undersecretary to leave job for academic post

The Navy's Jerry MacArthur Hultin is stepping down to become a college dean.

By Bill Murray
GCN Staff

The Navy's No. 2 official, who has been a driving force behind the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet procurement and the department's implementation of enterprise resource planning, is leaving this summer for an academic job.

Navy undersecretary Jerry MacArthur Hultin will become dean of the Stevens Institute's Wesley J. Howe School of Technology Management in Hoboken, N.J.

Hultin has been Navy undersecretary since November 1997.

Hultin led a study on globalization and its influence on national security and naval forces, including an evaluation of information technology's role in that trend.

Recently, he challenged Microsoft Corp. to improve its groupware products.

Hultin said he wanted to meet directly with company president Steve Ballmer to press his demand.

But the meeting never took place [GCN, April 24, Page 24].

Better business

He also helped spearhead the Navy's attempt to improve its business operations through the Defense Reform Initiative and the four ERP pilots that are the cornerstones of that effort. He played a leading role as well in the eight-year, $10 billion Navy-Marine Corps Intranet procurement, through which the Navy wants to outsource its voice, video and data services.

The former Navy officer served two tours of duty in Vietnam.

Hultin had worked for more than 25 years in the private sector before returning to the Navy as undersecretary.

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