Robert Lindgren and
Admiral John W. Craine Jr. USN ’68
Admiral John W. Craine Jr. USN ’68 was presented the Distinguished Alumnus award
by R-MC’s Society of Alumni in a ceremony at the Homecoming Awards Luncheon on October
18, 2013 in Crenshaw Gymnasium. The award was presented by President Robert R. Lindgren.
The Society of Alumni created the Distinguished Alumnus Award to honor those alumni
who have achieved wide recognition through contributions made to society through
their chosen professions.
Craine, who graduated from Randolph-Macon College in 1968 with a B.A. in sociology,
was a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity and played soccer.
As an outstanding graduate of the Air Command and Staff College, Montgomery, Alabama,
Craine had a distinguished 33-year career in the U.S. Navy. He served as a fighter
pilot and held a number of senior leadership positions, including command of a fighter
squadron, a naval air station, and 26 naval bases and air stations in the Atlantic
He culminated his military service as director of Naval Training, Office of the
Chief of Naval Operations, and Chief of Naval Education and Training, in which he
oversaw 168 activities that provided leadership training each year for 440,000 officers,
soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines in programs ranging from enlisted basic and
technical training to naval flight training.
In 2002 Craine became the founding president of the State University’s Neil D. Levin
Graduate Institute of International Relations and Commerce. In 2003 he served as
chairman of the Board of Trustees Task Force on Efficiency and Effectiveness of
the State University, and in 2004 he joined the Research Foundation, State University
of New York, as senior vice president. Craine was named acting president of the
State University of New York Maritime College in 2005 and as president of the institution
from 2006 until 2011.
Craine and his wife, Wendy, live in Urbanna, Virginia and are the parents of two