Paul Ignatius is former U.S. Secretary of the Navy, Assistant Secretary of Defense and Undersecretary of the Army. He is also a respected USC Dornsife Alumnus who was recently honored by the U.S. Navy through the naming of Guided Missile Destroyer USS Paul Ignatius.
A descendant of Armenian parents from the Kharpert region of Historic Armenia, Ignatius is a native of Glendale, California and a graduate of the University of Southern California. He earned an MBA from Harvard University after serving as a naval officer in World War II. He is also the author of On Board: My Life in the Navy, Government, and Business (Naval Institute Press, 2006). Ignatius served for eight years in the presidential administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, first as an Assistant Secretary of the Army, then as Under Secretary of the Army and Assistant Secretary of Defense, and finally in 1967 as Secretary of the Navy. Following his government service, he was president of the Washington Post for two years and president of the Air Transport Association for fifteen years. He is the recipient of the Army Distinguished Civilian Service Award, the Navy Distinguished Public Award, and the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award. Paul R. Ignatius Now I Know in Part, a substantially revised and expanded edition of a memoir that was first published privately in 2000, was issued late 2011 by NASSR’s Armenian Heritage Press.