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About the Speakers
Moderator: Chris Inglis, National Cyber Director (NCD)
Chris Inglis currently serves as the first Senate-confirmed National Cyber Director and advisor to the President of the United States Joe Biden on cybersecurity. He previously worked as a U.S. Naval Academy Looker Distinguished Visiting Professor for Cyber Studies, as a managing director at Paladin Capital, a member of the boards of several public and private corporations, and as a Commissioner on the U.S. Cyberspace Solarium Commission. He retired from the Department of Defense in January 2014 after 41 years of federal service, including 28 years at the National Security Agency and seven and a half years as its Deputy Director. He served as a member of the Department of Defense Science Board and as a National Intelligence University trustee until early 2021.
A 1976 graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy, Inglis holds advanced degrees in engineering and computer science from Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, and the George Washington University. Inglis' military career includes 30 years of service in the US Air Force and Air National Guard — from which he retired as a command pilot at the rank of Brigadier General. He and his wife Anna have three grown children and reside in Annapolis, MD.
Kathi Hiyane-Brown, President, Whatcom Community College
Kathi H. Hiyane-Brown, Ed.D, became the fourth president of Whatcom Community College in 2007. Dr. Hiyane-Brown leads this comprehensive community college that serves 11,000 annually, employs more than 400 employees, and operates with an annual state budget of approximately $20 million. During her tenure, she has built vital community partnerships, inspired innovation and excellence throughout the College, and encouraged a culture of inclusiveness.
Dr. Hiyane-Brown was the President of Normandale Community College, Bloomington, MN, for four years prior to being appointed president at WCC. She also held administrative posts at Tacoma Community College, Tacoma, WA; Leeward Community College, Pearl City, HI; and Muscatine Community College, Muscatine, IA.
Born in Hawaii, Dr. Hiyane-Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, Grinnell College; a Master of Arts in Instructional Design and Technology, University of Iowa; and a Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership, Oregon State University. Dr. Hiyane-Brown has been recognized as one of 2010’s Outstanding Women Educators by the Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation and was the recipient of the 2002 Leadership Award from The Association. In recognition of her commitment to staff and program development, she received NCSPOD’s College President’s Award in 2012. She also received the 2014 CEO of the Year Award from Washington Trustees Association of Community and Technical Colleges.
Guy Walsh, Executive Director National Security Collaboration Center, University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA)
Brigadier General (Retired) Guy Walsh currently serves as the inaugural Executive Director of the National Security Collaboration Center (NSCC) at the University of Texas at San Antonio. In his role as NSCC Executive Director, he leads a consortium of diverse government, industry and academic partners working together on collaborative solutions to the nation's most difficult issues of national security and global defense. Formerly, Walsh served as Technical Advisor to the Deputy Commander of U.S. Cyber Command (CYBERCOM) at Fort Meade, MD. In addition to directing Joint Cyber Test efforts with the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) and Army Test and Evaluation Command, he served as senior manager for the CYBERCOM Guard and Reserve Directorate. He worked with OSD, service components, and the National Guard Bureau in the development of strategy and policy for Reserve Component support to U.S. Cyber Command. Prior to this current position, Walsh served as the CYBERCOM J-3 lead for Strategic Initiatives. In this role, he acted as the principal advisor to the CYBERCOM Director of Operations on Readiness and Training and the development of Reserve Component cyber capability. Walsh served a distinguished career of 31 years of military service with the US Air Force.
Dr. Chris Howard, President, Robert Morris University
He is a distinguished graduate of the US Air Force Academy and earned a doctorate in politics as a Rhodes Scholar from the University of Oxford. He also has an MBA with distinction from Harvard Business School, and in 2018 received the school's Alumni Achievement Award. Dr.Howard's service to his country began as a helicopter pilot, then as an intelligence officer, where he was assigned to the elite Joint Special Operations Command. He served in Afghanistan in the Air Force Reserve and was awarded the Bronze Star. Dr. Howard concluded his career as a Reserve Military Attaché to Liberia, Africa.
Under Dr. Howard’s leadership, RMU has become a preferred strategic partner for corporations, organizations, professionals, and aspiring professionals in the Pittsburgh region and beyond. The university is nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report and in 2019 opened the UPMC Events Center, the new home to the university's NCAA Division I basketball and volleyball teams. That project was part of the RMU 100: Ready to Rise fundraising campaign, which has raised over $110 million to date, surpassing its $100 million goal a year ahead of schedule. In 2021, U.S. News & World Report ranked RMU No. 48 on the magazine’s list of Best Value Schools, a reflection of RMU’s high academic quality and affordable price.
Before coming to RMU, Dr. Howard was President of Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, and vice president for Leadership & Strategic Initiatives at the University of Oklahoma. Previously he worked in General Electric's Corporate Initiatives Group and Bristol-Myers Squibb’s Corporate Associates Program. Dr. Howard served on the National Security Education Board, appointed by President Barack Obama, and the MyVA Advisory Committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs.
He is a trustee on the Harvard University Board of Overseers and also serves on the Board of Directors of AvalonBay Communities, a publicly-traded real estate corporation. Dr. Howard is a Henry Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Young Presidents Organization, and Sigma Pi Phi, the oldest African-American fraternity in the United States.
Dr. Howard won the Campbell Trophy, the nation’s highest academic award for a senior college football player. He also is a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and a former member of the College Football Playoff Selection Committee. Dr. Howard is the founder and a trustee of the Impact Young Lives Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports South African youth. His wife, Barbara Noble Howard, serves on several philanthropic boards and hails from South Africa. They have two adult sons, Cohen and Joshua.
Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC)
Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, has served as President of UMBC (The University of Maryland, Baltimore County) since 1992. His research and publications focus on science and math education, with special emphasis on minority participation and performance. He chaired the National Academies’ committee that produced the 2011 report, Expanding Underrepresented Minority Participation: America’s Science and Technology Talent at the Crossroads. He was named in 2012 by President Obama to chair the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for African Americans. His 2013 TED talk highlights the "Four Pillars of College Success in Science."