Official biography
Dean Dwigans

Dean L. Dwigans

Acting Associate Dean
College of International and Security Studies
George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies

Dean L. Dwigans is the Acting Associate Dean of the College of International and Security Studies for the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies.

Previously, he was the Deputy Director and Chief of Operations of the Non-Resident Programs for the college. In this capacity, he oversaw the three Outreach Teams for the regions of Central Asia, Central and Southeast Europe, and Black Sea Eurasia, as well as the Alumni Team. 

The Outreach teams conduct approximately 35 events annually in their regions and in Garmisch, and the Alumni team conducts more than 40 events for the more than 10,500 alumni who have attended one of the Marshall Center’s resident programs.  The Alumni team is also responsible for GlobalNET, the digital portal serving all alumni and current resident course participants.  In addition, he lectures on international law in the Program on Terrorism and Security Studies. 

Mr. Dwigans served as the Marshall Center Director Alumni Programs from 2010 to 2015.  From 2007 to 2010, he was a member of the Marshall Center faculty serving as the Judge Advocate General of the Navy Chair in International Law, Professor of International Law and Director of the Program in Advanced Security Studies.

Mr. Dwigans retired as a Captain from the U.S. Navy in 2010 after a 25-year career as an officer in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.  His assignments included legal, staff and operational billets in California, Florida, Hawaii, Washington state and Washington D.C. as well as Germany, Italy and Japan.  He served 13 of his 25 years in service overseas.

Past assignments include commanding officer of the Navy’s largest legal command covering the area from Hawaii to India, senior legal advisor to U.S. Naval Hospital Yokosuka, Submarine Group SEVEN, Navy Support Office La Maddalena, USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62) for two deployments, Naval Criminal Investigative Service, Navy Region Northwest, and Navy Region Hawaii, and many years as a criminal prosecutor. In addition, he was assigned as senior Navy counsel to the general counsel’s office at the National Security Agency.

Mr. Dwigans is from Kansas City, Mo. He graduated from Creighton University with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration (BSBA) and a Juris Doctor (JD). He later received an advanced law degree from Georgetown University in International and Comparative Law (LL.M).  He also has attended the Navy Corporate Business Course at the University of North Carolina Kenan-Flagler Business School. 

Mr. Dwigans’ personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Navy Commendation Medal, and Navy Achievement Medal.

Current as of July 2019