Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben U.S. Navy (Ret.) is the owner and executive consultant for Virtue in Practice, LLC. Culminating a military career of over thirty years active duty as the U.S. Navy’s 26th Chief of Chaplains, she spent her career invested in the development and support of the chaplaincy, providing guidance regarding resiliency, ethics, and character to senior leaders, ultimately including the Secretary of the Navy, the Chief of Naval Operations, the Commandant of the Marine Corps, and the Commandant of the Coast Guard.
Prior to her final assignment, Rear Admiral Kibben served as the Chaplain of the Marine Corps, where she advanced efforts within the Corps to enhance moral and ethical leadership, and increased focus on providing personal and spiritual recovery from combat missions for chaplains and other military caregivers.
Earlier in her career, Rear Admiral Kibben had a variety of positions, working with multiple commands and making multiple deployments, most notably to Afghanistan where she was the Command Chaplain for the Combined Forces Command-Afghanistan and the senior mentor to Afghan leadership U.S. leaders. Upon her return, she was assigned as Director of Manpower, Personnel, Training, and Education and then as Executive Assistant for the Chief of Chaplains.
Rear Admiral Kibben is a member of the Princeton Theological Seminary Board of Trustees and the Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Goucher College, Towson, Maryland, her Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees from Princeton Theological Seminary, Princeton, New Jersey, and a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.
An avid cyclist and gardener, Chaplain Kibben also enjoys spending time with her husband, Lieutenant Colonel Timothy J. Kibben USMC (Ret.) and their daughter, Lindsay.