College of Graduate and Continuing Studies holds 3rd annual Leadership Summit

On Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 70 of 575 students on Norwich University’s Northfield, Vt. campus for the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies’ (CGCS) annual Residency Conference week participated in the Third Annual Leadership Summit. Students spent the day split up into cross-disciplinary groups and paired with partner business representatives, who brought organizational leadership challenges to the group in a think tank problem-solving event.

Read a story about the 2013 inaugural event here. In 2014, CGCS awarded scholarships to employees of participating businesses. Read about those here.

Norwich’s online program graduates will hear from Gen. Alfred Gray, former Commandant of the Marine Corps


Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) is honored to announce that General Alfred M. Gray, USMC (Ret.) will deliver its 2015 commencement address at a ceremony for nearly 600 students representing nine online graduate programs and two bachelor’s degree completion programs on Friday, June 19, at 10 a.m. in Shapiro Field House.

Retired General Alfred Gray was the 29th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps from 1987 to 1991. As Commandant, General Gray assisted in the formulation of national and international policy and strategy. He also served as a member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as being military advisor to the President, the National Security Council and the Secretary of Defense.

In 1991, after 41 years of service, including combat tours in Korea and Vietnam, General Gray retired from the U.S. Marine Corps and joined Garver International Associates.

For 15 years, General Gray served on the Norwich University Board of Trustees and was instrumental in assisting Norwich in achieving the NSA designation for “Center of Academic Excellence” for Information Assurance education. He has been chairman of the Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund and the Marine Youth Fitness Foundation. He has been Chancellor of the Marine Military Academy and a director of the Marine Corps Law Enforcement Foundation. He is a member of the National Security Agency Advisory Board and is an advisor to the National Reconnaissance Office.

General Gray currently serves as a member of the board for the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes where he has been critical in supporting the creation of the DECIDE program which was awarded $9.9 million in cybersecurity contracts in 2013.

Currently General Gray is Senior Fellow, Board of Regents Chairman, and member of the Board of Directors at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies.

General Gray holds a B.S. degree from the State University of New York. He is the recipient of two honorary Doctor of Law degrees, one from Lafayette College and the other from Monmouth College. He is also the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Military Science degree from Norwich University and a Doctor of Strategic Intelligence degree from the Defense Intelligence College.

The June 19 ceremony concludes a weeklong annual residency conference for which students travel to Norwich’s Northfield, Vt., campus from all 50 states, as well as the nation’s capital, Puerto Rico and six international countries. Here, they present papers and projects, engage in academic debate, participate in hands-on leadership activities, observe faculty presentations, and graduate.

According to university officials, former Commandant of the Marine Corps General Alfred Gray embodies this year’s residency conference theme of “Learning to Lead, Leading to Serve.”

Norwich welcomes students in online programs for a capstone week of academic face time

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) welcomes to campus today nearly 600 students representing nine online graduate programs and two bachelor’s degree completion programs for its annual residency conference June 15—19.

The students traveling to Norwich’s Northfield, Vt., campus represent all 50 states, including the nation’s capital and Puerto Rico, and six international countries. Here, they will present papers and projects, engage in academic debate, participate in hands-on leadership activities, observe faculty presentations, and graduate.

The conference includes a public keynote presentation.

The CGCS residency conference theme this year is “Learning to Lead, Leading to Serve,” and includes a keynote presentation by U.S. Army Lieutenant General Mark S. Bowman, Director Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) / Cyber, Chief Information Officer, Joint Staff, J6/CIO, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.

LTG Bowman presents his address Thursday, June 18, at 10:00 a.m. in Plumley Armory on the Norwich campus as part of Norwich’s Todd Lecture Series, a program that invites distinguished speakers to campus to engage the academic community in diverse dialogue. The lecture is free and open to the public and will be streamed live online.

LTG Bowman earned a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Norwich and was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1978. He has served in several joint and operational assignments and has commanded at every level from company to Signal Brigade. He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Shippensburg University, Pa.

Norwich University is a nationally recognized leader in online graduate and undergraduate education and its residency conference, often cited as a highlight by CGCS graduates, is unique among online programs.

This year, Norwich’s online Master of Science in Information Security & Assurance program was ranked among the top 10 online programs in the field in a recent report compiled by

Also this year, Norwich’s online MBA, Project Management concentration was accredited by the Project Management Institute Global Accreditation Center for Project Management Education Programs (GAC), the leading professional association worldwide for the project management field.

2015 Residency by the numbers:

  • 575 students will represent all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and six international countries.
  • An additional 156 guests will gather on campus during residency week.
  • 65 faculty members will participate.
  • Nine master’s programs will be represented: diplomacy, history, military history, business administration, civil engineering, public administration, information security and assurance, leadership, and nursing.
  • Two bachelor’s degree programs will be represented: strategic studies and defense analysis, and criminal justice.
  • 100 students will join four professional honor societies.
  • 160 different academic sessions, panels and discussions will convene.
  • 15 Norwich employees will graduate.

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Norwich University presents chief information officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff in June Todd Lecture

Norwich University continues its 2015 Todd Lecture Series with “Leadership in the Digital Age” a presentation by Lieutenant General Mark S. Bowman, Director Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) / Cyber and the Chief Information Officer for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, on Thursday June 18, 2015 at 10 a.m. in Plumley Armory.

At the Pentagon, Bowman develops C4 capabilities; conducts analysis and assessments; and evaluates C4 requirements, plans, programs and strategies.

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Lieutenant General Mark S. Bowman

Previously, he served as the Director of Architecture, Operations, Networks and Space, for the Office of the Army Chief Information Officer. Bowman played a central role in establishing strategy, policy, and guidance to integrate, build and facilitate the U.S. Army’s LandWarNet network.

Bowman was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army on May 28, 1978. He has served in several joint and operational assignments and has commanded at every level from company to Signal Brigade. He has a bachelor’s degree in history from Norwich University, Vt. and a master’s degree in public administration from Shippensburg University, Pa.

Bowman’s lecture serves as the keynote presentation for this year’s annual residency conference of nearly 600 students representing nine online graduate programs and two bachelor’s degree completion programs at Norwich’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies. Gathering from across the country and the globe under the theme of “Learning to Lead, Leading to Serve,” these Norwich students will gather for a week of capstone/culminating academic work and conferences

Norwich University’s Todd Lecture Series is named in honor of Army Maj. Gen. Russell Todd (USA Ret.) and his wife, Carol, in gratitude for their dedicated service to the university. Todd ’50, serves as Norwich President Emeritus. With this series, Norwich brings the nation’s foremost thought leaders drawn from business, politics, the arts, science, the military and other arenas to its Northfield campus. All events are free and open to the public.

For more information please check the Todd Lecture Series website or call (802) 485-2633.

Norwich in the News: AP Story on GenCyber Summer Camp

A feature on free summer cyber camps sponsored by the NSF and NSA spotlights the GenCyber camp for high school juniors and seniors at Norwich this summer and quotes Prof. Peter Stephenson.
Norwich University Office of Communications

May 4, 2015

Wilson Ring of the Associated Press wrote about Norwich University’s free, week-long GenCyber summer cybersecurity camp for high school juniors and seniors in a May 2, 2015 article, “Summer Camps With a Mission: To Create Cybersecurity Experts”:

    “At Vermont’s Norwich University, 20 high school students will build computers they’ll be able to take home … And none of the children or their parents will have to pay a cent.”

Picked up by national and international media outlets, the wire service feature takes a broad look at a variety of National Security Agency and National Science Foundation-sponsored cybersecurity camps for tweens and teens being held across the country this summer. The article explains that the free day or overnight summer programs are part of a larger effort by the federal government to nurture an interest in cybersecurity among young people to better meet the country’s growing—and largely, unmet—need for a well-trained cybersecurity workforce.

Among other sources, Ring interviewed Norwich University professor and cyber expert Peter Stephenson, PhD, who teaches classes in network attack and defense, digital forensics, and cyber investigation:

    “The 20 high school students who will attend the Norwich University camp in Northfield, which is national recognized for its cybersecurity programs, will build their own computers, learn about attacking and defending networks, and hear from speakers, said Peter Stephenson, the director of the school’s Center for Advanced Computing and Digital Forensics.
    ‘Obviously, the government is hoping, especially the NSA, is hoping that they’ll be able to take advantage of some of these students as they progress, but there’s no requirement here that these students move on to government,’ Stephenson said.”

The AP story has been picked up by, the Houston Chronicle, and the South Florida Times, among other outlets.

Norwich University Launches New Online Bachelor’s Degree Completion Program in Cyber Security

Norwich University Office of Communications

April 20, 2015

NORTHFIELD, Vt. – Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies has launched its third online degree completion program, the Bachelor of Science in Cyber Security. The program is set to begin its first trimester in the fall.

“Norwich is a leader in information assurance and security education and has a nearly 200 year legacy of training leaders in the government, military, and private-sector,” said William Clements, dean of the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

“Adding the online cyber security bachelor’s degree program expands on this tradition and mission of providing innovative learning opportunities for working adults to effect change in their lives as well as to protect our nation and economy.”

Norwich University’s online cyber security coursework hones students’ skill set to help prepare them to assess, construct, and mitigate vulnerabilities in organizational systems. The new online program is designed for working adults in or looking to transition into the information technology field who want to develop specialized skills in the high-need area of network security.

Similar to other Norwich bachelor’s degree completion programs, the cyber security program can be completed in less than two years. The College of Graduate and Continuing Studies assesses each student’s prior learning and training to determine how it may be applied towards his or her degree. The goal is to help students get the most out of their Norwich education, while accelerating their bachelor’s degree completion when possible.

The new online cyber security bachelor’s degree includes two minors: information warfare and security management, and computer forensics and vulnerability management. The program also offers cutting-edge courses to correlate to the growing field of information assurance and security. Students in the program also benefit from distinguished faculty, who bring a mix of academic and professional experience in the cybersecurity, information security, information assurance, computer science, and information technology management fields.

In conjunction with the program launch, the College of Graduate and Continuing Studies named Henry Collier program manager for the cyber security degree completion program. Collier served six years on active duty in the Army. He currently has 18 years in the Army Reserves, where he has risen to the rank of chief warrant officer 2 as an information systems technician. In the academic arena, he’s developed and taught courses in systems administration, information assurance, network security, healthcare information technology and digital forensics.

“As a respected Army Reserve officer and experienced educator of information assurance, the knowledge Henry brings will help ensure the program’s relevance and real-world application as the need for cyber-educated military and public sector professionals continues to increase,” Clements said.

The online cyber security program offers three start dates throughout the year: January, May and September. For more information, please visit

About Norwich University Cyber Security Education

Ranked #2 by the Ponemon Institute for cyber security in the U.S., Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the best in the nation for cyber security education.

Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and has received designation as a Center of Digital Forensics Academic Excellence (CDFAE) by the Defense Cyber Crime Center (DC3).

Beginning in 2002, Norwich University became a member of what is now called National Science Foundation’s Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program.

Norwich recently announced it has officially partnered with the United States Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cyber-education curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs.

About Norwich University

Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation’s six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

In fulfillment of Norwich’s mission to train and educate today’s students to be tomorrow’s global leaders and captains of industry, the Forging the Future campaign is committed to creating the best possible learning environment through state-of-the-art academics and world-class facilities. Learn more about the campaign and how to participate in the “Year of Service” here:    

Norwich University’s College of Graduate and Continuing Studies (CGCS) builds upon the institution’s 196 year academic heritage with innovative online programs. CGCS offers master’s degrees in a variety of areas; bachelor’s degree completion programs; a certificate in teaching and learning and continuing education opportunities. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention.

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Daphne Larkin
Assistant Director of Communications
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