Scott A. Suozzi
Associate Dean for Strategic Initiatives
Scott Suozzi became the first person to serve as the Associate Dean, Strategic Initiatives in September 2015. Prior to joining the Johns Hopkins community, he completed twenty years of active duty service in the United States Navy, retiring as a Commander in the Navy Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.
Scott holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science with Merit from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Juris Doctor degree from Catholic University Columbus School of Law, a Master of Arts degree in Legislative Affairs from The George Washington University, a Master of Laws L.L.M. degree in International Law from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and a Business Law Certificate from The Wharton School.
Scott was raised in the New York City suburb of Pleasantville, New York. At age sixteen, he served in the U.S. Merchant Marine, as a deck hand aboard the crude oil supertanker S.S. MOBIL ARCTIC, operating between Valdez, Alaska and various West Coast U.S. ports. At age seventeen, he was appointed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. He served as an intern with the Washington, D.C. Field Office of the U.S. Secret Service. His early military assignments include the Naval War College in Newport, Rhode Island as an administrative assistant; sea duty aboard the guided missile cruiser U.S.S. GETTYSBURG; faculty member at the Naval Academy; Naval Legal Service Office North Central at the Washington Navy Yard; Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of General Counsel (International Affairs); and duty at the White House Military Office as a White House Social Aide serving as an official escort for guests during the Clinton and Bush administrations.
His additional assignments include the Joint Staff Strategic Plans and Policy Directorate; criminal defense and legal assistance attorney at Naval Legal Service Office Europe-Southwest Asia, Sigonella, Sicily, Italy; Deputy Assistant Judge Advocate General for Military Personnel; staff of the JAG Special Assistant for Transformation helping draft and implement a 15-year strategic plan “JAG Corps 2020”; Navy Legislative Fellow assigned to the United States Senate in the office The Honorable John Warner of Virginia; Secretary of the Navy Staff, as Legislative Counsel in the Office of Legislative Affairs; Special Operations Command, U.S. Central Command in Tampa, Florida and Doha, Qatar; deployment to Iraq as the first Staff Judge Advocate to the newly created Joint Forces Special Operations Component Command in Baghdad; and International Law attorney at U.S. Southern Command in Miami, Florida which conducts all U.S. military operations in Latin America and the Caribbean.
From June 2014 to June 2015, Scott completed an ambitious personal journey visiting all 48 of the continental United States, seven Canadian provinces, twenty-eight national parks, and nine Presidential libraries, covering over 33,000 total road miles in a Winnebago recreational vehicle.
Scott’s personal decorations include the Defense Meritorious Service Medal (two awards), the Meritorious Service Medal, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (four awards), the Joint Service Achievement Medal, and the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. He is qualified as a Surface Warfare Officer and Navy Craftmaster for patrol craft command. He is a licensed attorney in the State of Maryland, a member of the Maryland State Bar Association, and a Life Member of the Society of White House Military Aides.