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Stephen Dinauer

Stephen Dinauer

Director

Steve Dinauer joined the PLC team in 2013 after a 27-year career in the US Marine Corps, the last stop of which was here at CU Boulder’s Naval ROTC program as the Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science.  An infantry officer by trade, he held a variety of command and staff billets. He led infantry and light armored reconnaissance units from the platoon to battalion levels, to include command during two combat tours.  He also oversaw the operations and the school for the program that provides highly trained Marines to the Department of State for embassy security, and was the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton’s Director of Security and Emergency Services.  Steve served twice in the Pentagon first with the Joint Staff in support of the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and later on the staff within the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a strategic planner and as the Senior Military Assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict.

Steve learned to snowboard in 1997 from a 14-year old instructor, confirming the adage that you really can learn something from anyone if you’re open to the experience.  He is an alumnus of the National Ski Patrol and a 3-time finisher of the American Birkebeiner.  While with Naval ROTC, he taught their upper-division “Leadership and Ethics” course for three years.  Steve also contributes here at CU as a Lead Appeal Reviewer for the Office of Student Conduct, and was the lecturer for the Honor Code Office’s “Ethics and Integrity Seminar” for two years.
A Wisconsin native, Steve earned his BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison majoring in International Relations, and his MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College in Newport, RI.

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