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Nora Wingfield Tyson

Vice Admiral, US Navy (Retired)
Williamsburg, VA

Nora Wingfield Tyson was elected to the Vanderbilt Board of Trust in 2018.  She retired from the United States Navy in September of 2017 after serving honorably for over 38 years.  She received her bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt in 1979 and a master’s degree in national security and strategic affairs from the United States Naval War College in 1995.

Vice Admiral Tyson served as the Commander of the United States Navy’s Third Fleet, making her the first woman to lead a U.S. Navy Ship Fleet (July 2015-September 2017).  Prior to serving as Fleet Commander, she served as Deputy Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command and Vice Director of the Joint Staff in Washington, D.C.  She was the first woman to command a Carrier Strike Group, leading 80 combat aircraft and 13 ships, including her flagship, USS George H.W. Bush, on its maiden deployment - a combat deployment to the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Arabian Sea/Gulf areas of operations.  She also served as Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73, based in Singapore; as Navigator on USS Enterprise (CVN-65) and as Commanding Officer of USS Bataan (LHD-5), an amphibious assault ship.  Vice Admiral Tyson led the Navy’s initial response to disaster relief after Hurricane Katrina, as well as two deployments to the Persian Gulf in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

Her awards include the 1997 Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis, TN, the 2018 Margaret Cochran Corbin Award from Daughters of the American Revolution and the 2018 Tri Delta Woman of Achievement Award.

At Vanderbilt, she was honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award in 2012 and officiated Vanderbilt’s ROTC commissioning ceremony in May of 2012 and 2018.  She has supported Athletics, the College of Arts and Science and the Wild Bunch Acquisitions Fund.

She and her husband, Wayne, reside in Williamsburg, Virginia.


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