Norwich dedicates Leahy School of Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing

L – r: Michelle Monroe (Leahy staff); Norwich University Vice President for Strategic Partnerships Phil Susmann; Norwich University Board of Trustees Chairman Alan DeForest, Class of ’75; Sherman Patrick (Leahy staff); John Tracy (Leahy staff); Norwich University President Mark Anarumo, Ph.D., Maj Gen (VSM); Norwich University Professor, Ph.D., and Senator Patrick Leahy School of Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing Director Michael E. Battig; Norwich University Trustee Colonel Francisco J. Leija, M’06, USA Retired; and Norwich University President Emeritus Richard W. Schneider along with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., who joined remotely, dedicate the Senator Patrick Leahy School of Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing. Photos courtesy of Norwich University.

Vermont Business Magazine Norwich University dedicated the Senator Patrick Leahy School of Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing today during the “U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy Cyber Symposium.” Formerly the School of Cybersecurity, Data Science, and Computing, the new name reflects Leahy’s longstanding support of cybersecurity education at Norwich University and in the state of Vermont.

Vermont’s longest-serving U.S. senator and the fifth-longest-serving senator in U.S. history, Leahy’s career of eight terms spans almost five decades. His pending retirement will cap 25 years of cybersecurity education support that helped birth the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes and land the university and senior military college over $70M in cybersecurity-related research and development grants and contracts.

For instance, Norwich University most recently announced $4 million in federal funding to create an artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning and quantum computing academic and experiential learning center. Federal funding also established Norwich University as the lead institution of DoD Cyber Institutes, a partnership established in Fall 2020 among the six Senior Military Colleges, of which Norwich is the oldest and include: The Citadel, University of North Georgia, Virginia Tech, Texas A&M and Virginia Military Institute.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to have the cybersecurity and advanced computing school at Norwich University bear my name,” Leahy said. “The students educated here will be central to understanding how to protect our infrastructure and businesses, and keep citizens secure.”

The symposium brought together U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy, D-Vt.; U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt.; Norwich University President Mark Anarumo, Ph.D.; Air Force Lt. Gen. Robert J. Skinner, Director, Defense Information Systems Agency Commander, Joint Force Headquarters - Department of Defense Information Network (DODIN); Commissioner Michael Harrington, Vermont Department of Labor; distinguished experts and special guests for a day-long discussion on the latest innovations in cybersecurity and the importance of cyber education and workforce development in Vermont.

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt. talks to reporters at the “U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy Cyber Symposium.”

Held in Mack Hall Auditorium, this event included panel discussions on Department of Defense (DoD) Cyber Institutes, future technology in cybersecurity, and the state of cybersecurity in Vermont. Leahy, who joined the symposium remotely, was honored at a noon unveiling of the newly named school in his honor.

The August 16 symposium included keynote presentations by Lt. Gen. Robert J. Skinner (USAF) and Eric Goldstein, Executive Assistant Director for Cybersecurity, Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

Norwich University programs are consistently ranked among the nation’s best for cybersecurity education. Norwich University is recognized as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense 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 the National Science Foundation's Cyber Corps: Scholarship for Service program.

Norwich is partnered with the U.S. Army Reserves (USAR) to develop cybereducation curricula that align with federal standards and cybersecurity needs. Most recently, Norwich's online graduate program was named one of the top ten best cybersecurity graduate programs in the country by Norwich is also home to GenCyber@NU, a National Security Agency and National Science Foundation-funded cybersecurity camp for high school students.

The “U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy Cyber Symposium” is sponsored by Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI), Global Foundries, Spotlight Labs, and the National Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium (NCPC). Other sponsors include Vermont Technology Council, VCET (Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies) and Revision.

United States Army General Gordon R. Sullivan, (Retired), Class of ’59 attends Norwich University’s “U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy Cyber Symposium.”

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).

8.16.2022. NORTHFIELD, Vt. — Norwich University