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Professor David K. Shimp, BS, MS, PhD, MSM, DMSM, LM, DSM


Rear Admiral (Ret) David K. Shimp, Governor and Vice Chairman, The Board of Governors, New Westminster College, British Columbia, Canada


Professor Shimp is President of New Westminster College and has served in this capacity since his appointment on 24 July 2017. He is a founding member of the Board of Governors of New Westminster College and presently serves as Vice Chairman of the Executive Committee. He has received a Professorial Appointment in Philosophy from Sophia University and Caucasus University, and is an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Alaska. Professor Shimp has earned the Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Sophia University awarded through the Ministry of Education in the Republic of Bulgaria. He has also earned the Master of Science Degree in Information Systems Management from the United States Naval Postgraduate School and Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis.

Professor Shimp is Vice President for Program Development at Maybank Industries LLC in Charleston, South Carolina, which specializes in maritime security, intermodal logistics, vessel design and construction, and international project management. He is certified by the United States Department of Defense as a Foreign Area Officer and serves as Honourary Consul of the country of Georgia. Governor Shimp has previously served as an Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, Chairman of the Maritime Security Commission, and is President Emeritus of the Black Sea Council of the Navy League of the United States.

Professor Shimp has a distinguished record of volunteerism and naval service. He started his naval career in 1976 in the United States Navy and retired as a Captain in 2001. Thereafter, he was appointed as Commander of the federally-recognized South Carolina Naval Militia in 2005 and retired in 2009 with the state-commissioned rank of Rear Admiral (Title 10, USC). Governor Shimp’s leadership experience with the United States Navy includes serving as Director of U.S. Naval Security Group (Atlantic), Director for Cryptology and Director of Information Operations.

Professor Shimp is the recipient of numerous honours and decorations, including the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal, Distinguished Service Medal of South Carolina and the Freedom of the City of London.

As a President, Vice Chairman of the Board of Governors and Distinguished Fellow of New Westminster College, Professor Dr. David K. Shimp is dedicated to supporting the highest standards of academic excellence and is committed to the advancement of New Westminster College and its Global Network of Fellows.

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