Who's Who of Top Executives

William Decker Hatch II

Title: Senior Lecturer
Company: Naval Postgraduate School
Location: Monterey, California, United States

William Decker Hatch II, senior lecturer at Naval Postgraduate School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of military service.

Drawing on over three decades of experience, Mr. Hatch has cultivated a fulfilling career as an expert in the military. He honorably served in the United States Navy from 1982 to 2004, during which time he completed deployments in the Indian Ocean, the Persian Gulf, and Yokosuka, Japan. His first active-duty opportunity arrived when he served as a surface warfare officer in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Throughout his time in the field, Mr. Hatch excelled in engineering operations aboard frigates, destroyers and cruisers. He ultimately retired from his military service at the rank of commander.

Since exiting his service, Mr. Hatch has dedicated himself to military education. He originally joined the Naval Postgraduate School in 1998, and since then, he has excelled as a lecturer and faculty member. In 2013, he became a senior lecturer and researcher for the organization, primarily operating within the school’s Center for Executive Education. As an educator, Mr. Hatch has largely focused on guiding his students in research pertaining to military human resources management, in addition to advising them on thesis documents, which he cites as a highly rewarding experience.

As part of his vocational journey, Mr. Hatch previously pursued his own higher education. Prior to beginning his military career in 1982, he earned a diploma from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Unit at the University of California, Berkeley, as well as a Bachelor of Arts at San Jose State University. He subsequently continued his studies during his time in the field, ultimately achieving a Master of Science in management at the Naval Postgraduate School in 1991. In addition to his primary professional endeavors, Mr. Hatch is also well-regarded as a 32nd degree master mason in Hawaii.

Mr. Hatch was largely inspired to pursue his military career by his father, who previously served in the United States Air Force. In light of his fulfilling career, he has largely attributed his success to the unique application of his expertise in manpower management and personnel training. Looking to the future, he hopes to enter an emeritus position within his institution and focus on more research and development. Afterwards, Mr. Hatch looks forward to eventually retiring from full-time work while still remaining engaged in his industry.

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