Dr. Watkins is a Navy veteran with a background in Aviation, Higher Education, Transportation and Tolling, Project Management, and Information Technology. He is a 1987 honors graduate of the US Naval Academy where he majored in History and minored in French. Dr. Watkins received his MBA from the University of California, Irvine and his Doctorate of Management in Organizational Leadership from the University of Phoenix. He is a Project Management Institute certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE).
Dr. Watkins spent 13 years as a U.S. Naval Officer. He is a decorated combat veteran from Desert Storm and was an F/A 18 Hornet Fighter Pilot based off the aircraft carriers Midway and Independence.
Dr. Watkins is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide where he is the Program Chair for the Masters of Science in Leadership Program.
Welcome to Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s Center for Aviation and Aerospace Leadership (CAAL).
The aviation and aerospace industry has a rich heritage of leaders – from the early civilian and military pioneers in aviation and space, to the entrepreneurs and captains of the aviation and aerospace industry today.
But the world is changing, and one of the primary roles of the Center is to explore what it means to be a leader in aviation and aerospace today, examine how that role may be changing, and document what current and aspiring leaders can do to be more effective in the years to come.
We have a terrific staff and an extraordinary Industry Advisory Board, so please join us on our journey, and do not hesitate to contact us if we can assist you in any way.