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Naval Postgraduate School Impact On Community

By Jacqueline Tualla - email

MONTEREY, Calif. -- The Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey is one of two premiere institutions on the west coast representing the highest of military intelligence.

So when two of its top leaders, president Dan Oliver and provost Leonard Ferrari, were ousted after accusations of defying navy rules, you'd think the local community would be talking about it.

But some people who spoke to Central Coast News on Wednesday not only didn't know what happened, but didn't care when we told them.

"I live across the street from them (NPS) and I happen to know that they're there but it's not part of the dialogue. It's not part of the neighborhood dialogue, not part of the Monterey dialogue that I'm aware of," said Stephen Gunter of Monterey.

A lot of it, people admitted, was because NPS prides itself in secrecy, as far as the public's concerned.

"I don't think it will make any difference. I think for the average population they don't even think about whose there. I don't think anyone truly understands what the full impact is," said Maryann Leffel, president of the Monterey County Business Council and chair of the Monterey Regional Airport.

Leffel said what people don't know and should care about is NPS impacts the community in signifcant ways, including technology, research and business.

"We know that we have a large amount of our passengers daily who are associated with the Naval Postgraduate School either through contracts, business or students," she said.

She says the council is working on the first economic impact report on NPS.

For every dollar spent in the community, she said there's a multiplier of at least 2.3.

NPS is a research university operated by the United States Navy.

At any given time, there are up to 1,600 students.

Last year, there were 737 faculty members and 596 staff members.



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