Academy announces finalist for next Dean of the Faculty

Posted at 4:49 PM, Apr 26, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS – The U.S. Air Force Academy announced Friday Col. Linell Letendre is the finalist to become the Academy’s eleventh Dean of the Faculty.

The announcement comes after a lengthy panel process in coordination with Air Force senior leaders. More than 40 applicants were considered for the position.

Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Jay Silveria called it “wonderful news” for cadets, faculty, and the Academy. “Linell’s leadership and commitment to world-class education and leader development will be invaluable to the USAFA team,” Silveria said. “She has a tremendous perspective that will integrate and elevate our institution and our Air Force leaders of tomorrow.”

Col. Letendre currently serves as Permanent Professor and Head of the Department of Law at the Air Force Academy. She leads a team of 20 faculty and staff in developing the curriculum for 19 core and elective law courses.

She graduated from the Academy in 1996 as a Distinguished Graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree in Astronautical Engineering. She became a judge advocate through the Funded Legal Education Program and graduated from the University of Washington Law School with high honors.

She is barred at the US Supreme Court, the Supreme Court of Washington, the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals.

See Col. Letendre’s full bio here: