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James Stavridis

78 - James Stavridis
2012 Rank: 91

Dean, The Fletcher School at Tufts University; Chairman, US Naval Institute
When Stavridis stepped down last year, all wondered what the wunderkind 57-year-old would do next. His answer: lead one of the nation’s most respected foreign policy academies — where he got his Ph.D. in 1984 — to use his skills as a strategic and inspirational thinker to shape a new generations of civilian and military leaders. Like David Petraeus (No. 71), Stavridis has the ability to meld global political, economic, social and cultural trends into a big-picture view that had many convinced he would become the nation’s next Joint Chiefs chairman. Stavridis also is chairman of the US Naval Institute at a time when the nation is debating the future size and shape of sea services.

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