USA School of Computing Receives Official Certification as National Center of Academic Excellence


Posted on July 23, 2015 by Alice Jackson
Alice Jackson


USA officials display the official certification for the School of Computing as a National Center of Academic Excellence during a recent conference in Las Vegas. From left are Dr. Leonard Reinsfelder, deputy director for education and training, National Security Agency; Dr. David Johnson, USA provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Angela Clark, senior instructor of computing; Dr. Todd Andel, associate professor of computing; Lynne Clark, chief, National Information Assurance Education and Training Program, National Security Agency; and Jacqueline Sullivan, acting program lead, Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity Training and Education Program.  data-lightbox='featured'
USA officials display the official certification for the School of Computing as a National Center of Academic Excellence during a recent conference in Las Vegas. From left are Dr. Leonard Reinsfelder, deputy director for education and training, National Security Agency; Dr. David Johnson, USA provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Angela Clark, senior instructor of computing; Dr. Todd Andel, associate professor of computing; Lynne Clark, chief, National Information Assurance Education and Training Program, National Security Agency; and Jacqueline Sullivan, acting program lead, Department of Homeland Security National Cybersecurity Training and Education Program.

The School of Computing at the University of South Alabama received official certification recently from the U.S. National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security, re-designating it as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance and Cyber Defense.

The certification was awarded during the 19th Colloquium for Information Systems Security Education held in Las Vegas. Based on updated academic criteria for cybersecurity education, it is valid through 2021. A University delegation, headed by Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. David Johnson, accepted the award.

NSA and DHS jointly sponsor the National Centers of Academic Excellence with the goal of reducing vulnerability in the nation’s infrastructure through higher education and research as well as producing an increasing number of professionals with artificial intelligence and cyber defense expertise in various disciplines. Students from designated institutions are eligible to apply for scholarships and grants through the Federal Scholarship for Service program supported by the National Science Foundation.

Angela Clark, senior instructor of computing, and Dr. Todd Andel, associate professor of computing, were responsible for the work that earned the re-designation.

Recently, Alabama Gov. Bentley signed a legislative resolution recognizing the School of Computing for the re-designation. 


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