'68 Naval Academy graduate named commandant


Navy Capt. William T. R. "Randy" Bogle, the commanding officer of the U.S. Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Fla., will become the commandant of the U.S. Naval Academy next month.

Captain Bogle, who was unavailable for comment yesterday, will begin his new duties on Aug. 16 as second-in-command to Adm. Charles Larson, the new superintendent who will take command Aug. 1.

He will join two other members of the academy's class of 1968 in assuming leadership posts at a school fighting to rebound from a cheating scandal.

"Captain Bogle is an outstanding naval officer with a distinguished career," said Lt. Cmdr. Paul Weishaupt, an academy spokesman. "We look forward to his leadership and oversight of professional development and the day-to-day lives of the brigade of midshipmen."

The son of an enlisted Navy man, Captain Bogle was born in the Fiji Islands, enlisted in the Navy in 1963 and arrived in Annapolis after completing course work at the Naval Academy Prep School in Newport, R.I.

He was a Navy pilot and flight instructor before returning to the Naval Academy as a company officer in 1977. Throughout the 1980s, he was involved in a variety of anti-submarine warfare posts in the Pacific. He was named commander of the Naval Air Station in 1992.

Captain Bogle, 47, will join Marine Col. Charles Bolden, the academy's new deputy commandant who commanded the space shuttle Discovery in February, and Marine Col. Michael Hagee, the character development officer.

The Navy inspector general was critical of the current academy leadership for not aggressively investigating the largest scandal in academy history. Eventually, 24 midshipmen were dismissed and 88 were disciplined for a cheating scandal involving an electrical engineering exam. Rear Adm. Thomas C. Lynch, the academy's superintendent, later admitted "failure" for his part in the investigation.

As a result of the academy's handling of the scandal, Admiral Lynch has not been offered a promotion to third star and dTC command of a fleet. Instead, he has been offered several two-star posts, although he has yet to decide his future course.

The current commandant, Capt. John B. Padgett, will be heading to Omaha, Neb., next month to become deputy director of operations and logistics at the U.S. Strategic Command.

Captain Padgett's promotion to rear admiral was put on hold because of Senate concerns about his role in the cheating investigation.

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