Naval War College Foundation welcomes new trustee, approves board membership changes

Jun 7, 2022

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James S. Metcalf is the newest member of the NWCF Board of Trustees.

NEWPORT, R.I.—The Naval War College Foundation (NWCF) is pleased to announce the appointment of James S. Metcalf to a three-year term on its Board of Trustees. His appointment became effective after a unanimous vote of the board at the board’s annual meeting Monday, June 6, 2022. 

Metcalf, a resident of both Raleigh, N.C., and Chicago, retired last September as CEO of Cornerstone Building Brands, the largest manufacturer of exterior building products for commercial and residential markets in North America. He stayed on as Cary, N.C.-based company’s executive chairman through this spring. Previously, Metcalf served as President and then Chairman of USG Corporation for a decade, a period when that company was a strong supporter of the NWCF. 

Metcalf’s oldest son is a 2010 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy — having been the first congressional appointment of then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) — and is now a LCDR Naval Aviator and instructor. Metcalf has hosted several Chicago area events for the U.S. Naval War College.

With over 40 years of leadership experience in both public and private companies, Metcalf is a director of Tenneco, Inc. and chairman of the compensation committee, a director and executive committee member of the National Association of Manufacturing. He is also a policy advisory board member for the  Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University.  

“Jim Metcalf reflects the profile of senior business leadership, philanthropic engagement, and family service to the U.S. Navy and Nation that aligns with the values and composition of the NWCF Board of Trustees,” said Philip Bilden, chairman of the Foundation’s board.

Board expresses gratitude to departing Trustee Philip L. Dunmire

Also Monday, the board welcomed a new chairman to its Nominating & Governance Committee. Dominic A. Dannessa, a trustee since 2020, will succeed Philip L. Dunmire, who retired from the board after nine years of service. Dunmire was presented with a U.S. flag that was flown over Luce Hall in honor of his dedication to the Foundation.

In other business, the board:

♦ Thanked retiring trustee Virginia Richard for her three years of service.

♦ Elected RDML AB Cruz II as new treasurer, succeeding Daniel E. Holland III. Cruz joined the board in 2021. Holland will remain Vice Chairman as he prepares to advance to Chairman next year.

♦ Re-elected seven trustees to a second term: Paul A. Dmitruk, Paula J. Dobriansky, David P. Hunter; Carl C. Liebert; Douglas L. Newhouse; Dwight D. Sipprelle; and Archbold D. van Beuren.

♦ Elected Trustee Stephanie Bennett-Smith to a third term.

The board’s annual meeting takes place after the Foundation’s Annual Members’ Meeting.

About the Naval War College Foundation:

Founded in 1969, the Naval War College Foundation provides critical funding to the U.S. Naval War College to enrich and enhance the educational programs and initiatives offered to military and civilian leaders enrolled as students. The Foundation invests in the College to develop leaders who are capable of navigating conflict and negotiating for peace. As a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) entity, the Foundation is not a part of the Department of Defense nor any of its components and has no governmental status. Please visit us at

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