Savannah State University will hold its 178th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 7, 2010, in Tiger Arena. Approximately 275 students will receive undergraduate and graduate degrees. Rear Admiral Nevin P. Carr, Jr., chief of Naval Research and director of Test and Evaluation and Technology Requirements for the U.S. Navy, will be the guest speaker.
Carr has spent much of his Navy career at sea in cruisers and destroyers operating in the Mediterranean, Black, Baltic, Caribbean, Arctic and Red seas, the Indian, North and South Atlantic and South Pacific oceans, and the Arabian Gulf. Shipboard tours included USS King; USS McCandless; USS Thomas S. Gates; USS Vella Gulf; Cruiser/Destroyer Group 8 staff embarked in USS Dwight D. Eisenhower; and the 2nd Fleet staff embarked in USS Mt. Whitney.
He commanded USS Arleigh Burke and USS Cape St. George, winning Battle Efficiency Awards and Golden Anchors in both tours. While in command of Cape St. George, the ship participated in combat operations in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in both the European and Central Command theaters.
Ashore, Carr has served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense where he worked on the Arleigh Burke, Ticonderoga and Seawolf programs, and several Ballistic Missile Defense programs. He later served in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations as requirements officer for the Aegis Cruiser and Destroyer programs, and was executive assistant to the commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command. Following promotion to flag rank in 2006 he was assigned as the deputy director of Surface Warfare for Combat Systems and Weapons, and later as deputy assistant secretary of the Navy (International Programs) and director of the Navy International Program Office.
Carr graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Naval Architecture. He earned a Master of Science degree in Operations Research from the Naval Postgraduate School and completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School. In December 2008, he became the 22nd chief of Naval Research, with additional duties as director, Test and Evaluation and Technology Requirements.
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is on the move to become the best value-added university in the nation. The university’s 4,100 students are enrolled in 23 undergraduate and five graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology.