Naval commander, Savannah State alumna speaker at 186th commencement

Updated: 5/12/2015 11:41 AM CST By Tom Joyner Foundation

Rear Admiral Annie B. Andrews

The commencement speaker was alumna Rear Admiral Annie B. Andrews ’83, commander, Navy Recruiting Command.

As a Navy human resources officer her assignments have been in the areas of manpower, personnel, training and education. Andrews served as commanding officer of Boston Military Entrance Processing Station, Navy Recruiting District San Francisco, and Recruit Training Command (RTC), Great Lakes.  

During her tour at RTC, she led the training efforts of over 100,000 sailors for duty in the fleet and was instrumental in the commissioning of the Navy’s only immersive simulator trainer, the USS Trayer, also known as Battle Stations 21.

Andrews earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal  Justice from Savannah State University, and a Master of Science Degree in Management from Troy State University. She has been conferred an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.  Her military education includes a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and she is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk.

The commencement ceremony took place Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m. at T. A. Wright Stadium.