- MA, The Fletcher School at Tufts University
- BA, Colby College
Robert Loynd serves as Fletcher’s Director of Executive Education. In this position, he has school-wide administrative responsibility for all executive, non-degree and non-traditional education programs. Bob is a Fletcher graduate who served as the Commandant of the Marine Corps Fellow with the International Security Studies Program (ISSP) during Academic Year 1998-99. His master’s thesis focused on sea-based, theater missile defense systems and the limits of engagement and alliance. Following graduation from Fletcher, Bob continued his Marine Corps career, retiring as a Colonel in 2015. Throughout his military service, Bob was privileged to hold numerous international, political-military and operational assignments, drawing upon his Fletcher education and experience to help advance and solve complex issues and strategic initiatives in challenging settings and situations. He served around the globe as a deploying Marine Corps EA-6B pilot and squadron commander; as a Russian Foreign Area Officer with service in Belarus, Crimea and Georgia; a Senior Fellow at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Germany; Joint Strategic Planner in Korea; Senior Marine Corps Liaison to the Territory of Guam; and National Plans Branch Chief at Headquarters Marine Corps, the Pentagon. He also served as an adjunct instructor for the Marine Corps Command & Staff College, teaching online, distance-education courses in Joint Military Planning, Operational Art and National Security Affairs. For his significant contributions while serving in Korea, Bob was awarded the Department of State’s Meritorious Honor Award by the U.S. Ambassador to South Korea, as well as the Republic of Korea Commendation Medal by the Chairman of the ROK Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bob’s final military assignment was with NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, where he served as Executive Officer for the International Military Staff’s Operations Division. At NATO, he also chaired numerous Military Committee Working Groups, fostering consensus decision-making around the table among 28 Alliance representatives. Upon leaving military service, Bob served as a Vice President with the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) from 2015 to 2017. In this role he was posted in Germany as UMUC’s Director of Europe Operations, overseeing all staff, administrative and logistical support activities in 16 countries and over 50 field sites throughout Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Bob received his B.A. degree from Colby College in Waterville, Maine and his M.A. in International Security Studies from The Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University.