Becky Stewart, Class of '81
Currently serving Northrop Grumman as vice president for its submarine programs and fleet support, Becky Stewart applies her CNU education to diverse daily duties. “I’ve been able to do a broad brush of things,” she says. Her work incorporates everything from business and marketing to sales and corporate strategy. Stewart has also developed technical knowledge, collaborating with the engineers and construction professionals who design new submarines. “I've got a great team,” she says of her colleagues.
Despite her busy corporate schedule, Stewart remains connected with her alma mater by volunteering her time. This includes serving on Christopher Newport University’s Educational Foundation. She also encourages CNU students with similar professional aspirations to pursue a broad-based education. “It depends on where you want to end up in your career.”
When Stewart attended what was then Christopher Newport College, she epitomized the institution’s typical student, balancing fulltime work with fulltime academics. “Christopher Newport was not a live-in residential college at that time,” Stewart notes. “I went to classes all day and worked at night.”
A business management major, she enjoyed the college’s comprehensive curriculum and flexible class schedules. After graduating, she secured employment with Northrop Grumman as a technical planner and continued her studies at the College of William & Mary, earning her M.B.A.