Academic Leadership

Dr. Robert Savukinas


Dr. Savukinas was born in Washington DC and grew up in a bilingual household speaking Italian and English. He attended Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on an Army ROTC Scholarship and graduated with honors in Spanish and Political Science. His undergraduate immersion experience was in Alicante, Spain, and subsequently attended graduate school to earn a Master’s Degree in Spanish from The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.

SGM Rebecca Ann

Sergeant Major Rebecca Ann

Provost Senior Enlisted Leader

Sergeant Major Rebecca Ann was born in Louisa, KY, and enlisted in the Army Reserves on May 5, 1999, during her junior year of high school. She attended Basic Training that summer at Fort Jackson, SC. In 2007, SGM Ann enlisted in the active Army and earned the MOS 35F, All-Source Intelligence Analyst at Fort Huachuca, AZ (Commandant’s List).


Lieutenant Colonel Jorge H. Avila

Dean of Students

Lieutenant Colonel Jorge H. Avila serves as the Dean of Students for Undergraduate Education, Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center, Presidio of Monterey, California. In this capacity he addresses all student matters and is the liaison between staff, schools, and military units.


Dr. Johnathan Gajdos

Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education

Dr. Johnathan Gajdos currently serves as the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education (UGE), overseeing resident foreign language instruction across the eight UGE schools.

Dr. Mina Lee, Associate Provost for Educational Technology

Dr. Mina Lee

Associate Provost for Educational Technology

Dr. Lee was born and grew up in Busan, Korea until she moved to Seoul for a college, where she earned an M.A. and a B.A. in English Language and Literature from Yonsei University. She then moved to the United States to pursue a degree in higher education. She earned both an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Southern California, Los Angeles and started her career at DLIFLC in the Undergraduate Education Asian II school in 2004 as a Korean instructor.

Tatjana Mitrovic - Associate Provost – Directorate for Continuing Education

Ms. Tatjana Mitrovic

Associate Provost – Directorate for Continuing Education

Ms. Tatjana Mitrovic currently serves as Associate Provost for the Directorate of Continuing Education, overseeing diverse programs across multiple locations worldwide. Ms. Mitrovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia (former Yugoslavia). She graduated from the Philology Faculty, University of Belgrade with a bachelor’s degree in Italian language and literature. She received her master’s degree in Instructional Design and Technology from California State University Monterey Bay.

Mr. Detlev Kesten

Assistant Provost for Academic Support

DLIFLC Assistant Provost of Administrative Support, Mr. Detlev Kesten, is responsible for coordinating and supporting the work of the Provost Office on a day to day basis.