Michael N. Peznola – Col USMC (Ret.)

Chief of Staff/Dean of Administration

Colonel Michael N. Peznola, USMC (Ret.), is the Chief of Staff/Dean of Administration for the National War College and a Retired US Marine Corps Colonel.  His military career spanned 30 years in command and staff positions from Infantry Platoon Commander to Commander, Marine Special Operations Advisor Group.  His overseas tours included Somalia, Afghanistan, Cuba, Japan and Europe; this includes operational deployments to Somalia with a Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable)(1993) and Afghanistan as the Director, Operations/Intelligence Fusion Cell, NATO SOF (2011) and as the Chief of Staff, Special Operations Task Force, Bagram (2013).  He served multiple  tours in Washington DC and Quantico in the service headquarters at the Manpower Department and joint duty  in Stuttgart Germany as the Assistant Chief of Staff, US European Command.

Upon retirement from the Marine Corps, he served as the Executive Director, Institute for Global Leadership at Tufts University and most recently at Plymouth State University as the Academic Operations Manager.

He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Lowell and possess an MS in Military Studies from the USMC Command and Staff College and an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

FUNCTIONAL EXPERTISE: Strategic planning and leadership, Special Operations, Resource Management, Military Operations

REGIONAL EXPERTISE: Europe and Northeast Asia