John P. Jumper '66

Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, SAIC
General, United States Air Force, Retired
(In-state alumnus, appointed July 2009) 

John P. Jumper '66John P. Jumper earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from VMI in 1966. Following a distinguished 39-year career, he retired in 2005 as the 17th Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force. In his four years as the senior uniformed official in America’s air and space service, General Jumper led more than 700,000 men and women through the Global War of Terrorism, force modernization, and strategic transformation. Among his many assignments were commander of Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, Virginia, commander of U.S. Air Forces Europe and Allied Air Forces Central Europe, and senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense. Working with his civilian and military colleagues, he administered annual budgets of more than $100 billion and oversaw the delivery of numerous air and space combat support systems. He was a fighter pilot, commanded an F-16 fighter squadron, commanded two fighter wings, and accumulated 5,000 flying hours including more than 1,400 combat hours in Vietnam and Iraq. He earned a master of business administration degree from Golden Gate University.

During his cadetship, he achieved the rank of lieutenant and participated in activities including the Newman Club, intramural basketball, and the VMI Firefighters. He was a Distinguished Aerospace Student and received the Air Force Vice-Commandant’s Award as a 1st Class cadet. He also had the distinction of never serving a day on confinement or walking a penalty in four years.

General Jumper was selected to the Board of Trustees of the VMI Foundation, Inc. in 2008, has served as the Air Force Commissioning Officer during several VMI commencements, and has spoken on numerous occasions at VMI to include being the keynote speaker at the Institute Society Dinner in 2001.

He currently serves as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SAIC, a Fortune 500 science and technology company located in McLean, VA. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Goodrich Corporation, NACCO Industries, Inc., WESCO Aircraft Hardware Corporation and Rolls-Royce North America Holdings, Inc. General Jumper’s service on the non-profit boards includes the Air Force Village Charitable Foundation and the Aerospace Industrial Association. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and was appointed by the Governor of Virginia to the Governor’s Commission on Military and National Security Facilities.

General Jumper and his wife Ellen live in Spotsylvania, Virginia and have three grown daughters who have served in the Air Force, one still on active duty.