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Navy chooses first female War College leader after removing president

Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield will be the new president. The previous president was removed earlier this week and is currently under investigation.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Navy has named the first female leader of the U.S. Naval War College after removing the college president who is under investigation.

Navy Secretary Richard Spencer announced Friday that Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield will be the new president.

Rear Adm. Shoshana Chatfield.U.S Navy via AP

Rear Adm. Jeffrey Harley was removed from his post as the college president Monday, days after The Associated Press reported he was under investigation and more than a year after the initial complaint was filed.

The AP reported Harley was under investigation for allegedly spending excessively, abusing his hiring authority and otherwise behaving inappropriately, including keeping a margarita machine in his office.

Spencer was at the college in Newport, Rhode Island, on Friday for graduation.

Chatfield currently leads a military command in Guam, Joint Region Marianas.