For Immediate Release
Release Date: March 1, 2012
Office of the Press Secretary
WASHINGTON—U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the formation of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council (HSAAC), comprised of prominent university presidents and academic leaders charged with advising the Secretary and senior leadership at the Department on several key issues.
“The formation of this Council represents an important milestone towards engaging the academic community in our homeland security efforts,” said Secretary Napolitano. “Their collective expertise will be a critical asset to the Department, and I look forward to working with them.”
The new council underscores the Department’s commitment to working with the academic community. Secretary Napolitano has asked the group, which will be chaired by Dr. Wallace Loh of the University of Maryland, to provide advice and recommendations on issues related to student and recent graduate recruitment; international students; academic research; campus and community resiliency, security and preparedness; and faculty exchanges.
The group’s inaugural meeting will take place on March 20 in Washington, D.C. A notice in the Federal Register formally announced the first meeting, which is open to the public.
Members* appointed to the HSAAC are:
Dr. Joseph E. Aoun, President of Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts
Ms. Carrie L. Billy, President of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium in Alexandria, Virginia
Dr. Walter G. Bumphus, President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges in Washington, D.C.
Dr. David M. Dooley, President of the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, Rhode Island
Dr. Royce C. Engstrom, President of the University of Montana in Missoula, Montana
Dr. Antonio R. Flores, President and CEO of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities in San Antonio, Texas
Dr. Rufus Glasper, Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges in Tempe, Arizona
Dr. Jay Gogue, President of Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama
Ms. Marlene M. Johnson, Executive Director and CEO of the Association of International Educators (NAFSA) in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Eric W. Kaler, President of the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities, Minnesota
Dr. R. Bowen Loftin, President of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas
Dr. Wallace Loh, President of the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland
Dr. Gail O. Mellow, President of LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, New York
Ms. Ruby G. Moy, President and CEO of the Asian Pacific Islander American Association of Colleges and Universities in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Hunter R. Rawlings, III, President of the Association of American Universities in Washington, D.C.
Dr. John Sexton, President of New York University in New York City, New York
Rear Admiral Sandra Stosz, Superintendent of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut
Dr. Dianne Boardley Suber, President of Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina
Dr. Holden Thorp, Chancellor of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, North Carolina
*There are outstanding appointments still being determined at this time.
For more information, please visit www.dhs.gov.