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Adapted from "Under Secretary of the Navy, The Honorable Susan Morrisey Livingstone," CHINFO biography, dated May 2001. 

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Susan Morrisey Livingstone

13 January 1946 - 


Portrait of Susan Morrisey Livingstone

Mrs. Livingstone has served her nation for more than 30 years in both government and civic roles. She was acting Secretary of the Navy from January to February 2003, making her the first woman to become secretary of the Navy. Livingstone served as Under Secretary of the Navy from July 26, 2001 to January 2003. Prior to being nominated as the Under Secretary of the Navy, she had held the post of CEO of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) and deputy chairman of its Council of Trustees. She also served as a vice president and a member of the Board of the Procurement Round Table, as well as a consultant on policy and management issues.

Mrs. Livingstone was a leader in the American Red Cross from 1993 to 1998 serving as Vice President of Health and Safety Services, Acting Senior Vice President for Chapter Services and as a consultant for Armed Forces Emergency Services.

As Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Logistics and Environment from 1989 to 1993, Mrs. Livingstone was responsible for a wide range of programs including military construction, installation management, energy and environmental issues, domestic disaster relief and restoration of public infrastructure to the people of Kuwait following Operation Desert Storm.

From 1981 to 1989, Mrs. Livingstone served at the Veterans Administration, now the Department of Veterans Affairs, in a number of positions including Associate Deputy Administrator for Logistics and the Associate Deputy Administrator for Management. Prior to her Executive Branch service, Mrs. Livingstone worked for more than nine years in the Legislative branch on the personal staffs of both a Senator and two Congressmen.

Mrs. Livingstone graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1968 with an A.B. degree and completed an M.A. in political science at the University of Montana in 1972. She also spent two years in postgraduate studies at Tufts University and the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Mrs. Livingstone has received awards for her community and national service from the American Red Cross, the Veterans Administration and was awarded the United States Army's highest civilian award for her service.

A native of Carthage, Mo., she grew up in an Air Force family and claims Montana as her home state.

Updated May 2001 [CHINFO]

Published: Mon Mar 13 08:48:41 EDT 2017