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NDU iCollege Honors Hall of Fame Winner and Graduates

UNRELEASED | December 15, 2014


Washington, DC – The National Defense University’s Information Resources Management College (NDU iCollege) held a combined Hall of Fame Ceremony and Advanced Management Program (AMP) Graduation on Friday, December 12, 2014. 

Chancellor Jan Hamby, RADM (Ret.), USN, welcomed attendees and provided background on the iCollege Hall of Fame process and its importance to the college and university. She then introduced the 2014 inductee into the iCollege Hall of Fame, providing a brief biography on this year’s honoree, Lieutenant General (Ret.) Atanas Zaprianov, Bulgarian Armed Forces.  Lt.Gen.(Ret.) Zaprianov, a graduate of the iCollege’s 23rd AMP in 2001, served in the Bulgarian Armed Forces as Head of the Communications and Information Systems Directorate (J-6) of the General Staff of the Bulgarian Armed Forces; Commandant of the National Defense College; Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Bulgarian Armed Forces for Resources Management; and National Military Representative to NATO and EU Military Committees. After his retirement, he served as an Advisor to the Bulgarian Minister of Defense (2010-2013).  Zaprianov traveled from Bulgaria to receive the award and provided an inspiring acceptance speech, sharing examples of how his iCollege education led directly to his success.  Also attending this event in his honor, Bulgarian Ambassador to the USA, Elena Popodorova, and Bulgarian Defense Attaché, Tsanko Stoykov, delighted in Lt.Gen. (Ret.) Zaprianov’s selection.

Following a luncheon, Chancellor Hamby introduced the next segment of the event by providing information on the college’s long-running AMP.  Hamby introduced the keynote speaker, Mr. David DeVries, DoD Acting Principal Deputy CIO, who spoke about the importance of cyber education and forming relationships with other government leaders. AMP Director Russell Quirici then called forward the eleven graduates of the 49th class of the Advanced Management Program (AMP) to receive their diplomas. AMP graduates also received the college’s CIO certificate, signed by the DoD CIO.  International students represented the Czech Republic, Philippines, and Pakistan.  Ms. Carolyn Fox-Myers, State Department, was presented the AMP49 Distinguished Leader award, an honor bestowed on the class’ top student.  The President/CEO of the NDU Foundation, Ms. Cathleen Pearl, presented the AMP class plaque to Chancellor Hamby to end the formal portion of the event.  Students, faculty members, the newly-inducted Hall of Fame recipient, and guests were then invited to share cake and conversation. 

The NDU iCollege is a DoD institution that prepares military and civilian leaders to optimize information technology management and secure information dominance within cyberspace. Although most students are military or DoD civilians, the school also accepts federal agency, private sector, and international students into its graduate programs. Courses are completed on campus and/or online. For more information about the college, contact Patty Coopersmith at, visit the website at, or connect with the iCollege on Facebook.   

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