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Admiral Patrick M. Walsh, Ph.D.

As a nationally recognized military, business, and education leader over the past four decades, Admiral Walsh brings extensive leadership experience to the role, including a 34-year decorated career serving as a deputy-director, director, commander, and vice chief of Naval Operations in the United States Navy.

Drawing on his extensive leadership background, Dr. Walsh is charged with leading the next phase of development and community engagement for Cristo Rey Dallas, which focuses on an innovative model of college-preparatory education. Cristo Rey Dallas provides students from limited economic resources with an exceptional education while earning hands-on, corporate work experience to help lay the foundation for success in college, professional endeavors, and life.

Admiral Walsh held many significant leadership positions over his 34 years in the Navy, including becoming a carrier-based, combat fighter pilot, flying as a pilot for the Blue Angels, serving as chairman of the Department of Leadership, Ethics and Law at the U.S. Naval Academy, and ultimately as commander, U.S. Pacific Fleet, responsible for the largest naval force in the world.

Following his military career, Pat was vice president of The Boeing Company, the senior vice president and general manager at iSIGHT Partners and president of Strategic Programs with Academic Partnerships LLC. Most recently, Admiral Walsh co-founded The First Watch Group, which provides transformation, turnaround, business development, due diligence, and coaching services, where he was a consultant in partnership with former business leaders in the Aerospace & Defense industry.

Admiral Walsh was also recognized as Military Leader of the Year by America’s Future Series in 2012 and has been awarded the Sun and Star Legacy Award, the International Friendship Award, Grand Cordon – Order of the Rising Sun in Tokyo, Japan, the Tong-il Award and the Eagle on the World Award for his service in the military. Most recently, Admiral Walsh was presented with the Aerospace Leadership Award by the Commemorative Air Force in Dallas in October 2021.

Pat was the second student in the history of Jesuit College Preparatory School in Dallas to receive both the Distinguished Graduate and Distinguished Alumnus Awards. He later went on to earn his bachelor’s degree at the United States Naval Academy, followed by a Master of Arts in criminal justice from Chapman University, a Master of Arts in law and diplomacy and a Doctor of Philosophy from Tufts University.