Douglas Rau is the Professor of Leadership Education within the Division of Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) at USNA. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1974 and received a Bachelor of Science in Ocean Engineering. He holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and later transferred to the Engineering Duty Officer community. He was awarded his Ph.D. in Leadership Studies from Dallas Baptist University. His research is in the field of public service motivation. He has served as a member of the VADM Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership and supports Capstone Character Seminars at the Academy.