- Full nameThad Allen
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- Please list your University and school/program.School:The George Washington University
- Please enter the degree awarded by your school.Degree:MPA
- Current PositionCurrent Position:Commandant (Retired)
- OrganizationOrganization:U.S. Coast Guard
Thad William Allen was the twenty-third Commandant of the United States Coast Guard. He retired as a U.S.C.G. Admiral. Allen is most well known for his widely-praised performance directing the federal response to Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in the Gulf Coast region from September 2005 to January 2006. Allen served as the Coast Guard's chief of staff from May 2002 until May 2006. As chief of staff, Allen was third in the Coast Guard's command structure, and was commanding officer of Coast Guard headquarters in Washington, D.C. Allen directed the Coast Guard's East Coast response efforts to the September 11, 2001 attacks while serving as Atlantic Area Commander and Commander of the Maritime Defense Zone Atlantic. He was also the director of the bureaucratic transition of the Coast Guard from the Department of Transportation to the Department of Homeland Security.
He attended the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, where he was a standout football player, graduating in 1971. He holds a Master of Public Administration degree from The George Washington University and a Master's degree in Management (M.B.A.) from the MIT Sloan School of Management as a Sloan Fellow.