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Hall of Fame and CIO LDP Graduates Honored

16-001 | April 18, 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 Contact: Patricia Coopersmith

                                                    Director of Outreach and Partnerships

April 18, 2016                                                           National Defense University iCollege




NDU iCollege Honors Hall of Fame Inductee and CIO LDP Graduates


Washington, DC – The National Defense University’s Information Resources Management College (IRMC or iCollege) held a combined Hall of Fame Ceremony and CIO Leadership Development Program (CIO LDP) Graduation on Friday, April 15, 2016 at Fort Lesley J. McNair. Chancellor Jan Hamby, RADM (Ret.), USN, welcomed the Hall of Fame inductee, CIO LDP graduates, faculty/staff members, and guests.  The chancellor then introduced Ms. Melissa Hathaway, CEO of Hathaway Global Strategies LLC, who was the Distinguished Lecturer and the Hall of Fame recipient.    


Ms. Hathaway spoke on the topic of “Are We Cyber Ready?” and outlined several cyber actions, case studies, and bold ideas for cyber improvements across the government. After her presentation, Ms. Hathaway remained on stage to accept the Hall of Fame award from Chancellor Hamby.  The NDU iCollege Hall of Fame, established in 2012, was designed to honor Alumni and Advocates of the college. Because of her significant and enduring recognition as one of the U.S. leading cyber security experts and her direct involvement in making the iCollege grow to the leading school in DoD for cyber security education, Melissa was recognized as the 2016 iCollege Hall of Fame recipient. 


After the Hall of Fame ceremony concluded, 13 graduates from the CIO Leadership Development Program received their diplomas.  Mr. Nicholas Eicher, Department of State, was selected as the CIO LDP’s Distinguished Leadership Award recipient, receiving a small token from the college. The CIO LDP is administered in a multi-week intensive, and highly interactive, student-centered educational experience emphasizing leadership skills and abilities. "Day in the Woods" provides participants with early teambuilding skills, and Domestic Field Studies at locations across the U.S. allow students to observe and analyze real-world application of information leadership expertise in action. CIO LDP students form a learning community that fosters multiple perspectives on a wide range of issues. The curriculum provides participants with the Chief Information Officer certificate as well as course work toward the Master of Science in Government Information Leadership (CIO Concentration). This multi-week program runs twice per year, January-April and August- November. The fall cohort will be held August 10 – November 18, 2016, with applications being due to the iCollege by June 15, 2016.


The NDU iCollege is a DoD institution that educates and prepares selected military and civilian leaders and advisors to develop and implement cyberspace strategies, and to leverage information and technology to advance national and global security. 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 Outreach Director Patty Coopersmith at, visit the website at, or connect with the iCollege on Facebook.   


The National Defense University is the premier national security institution focused on advanced joint education, leader development, and scholarship. It provides rigorous Joint Professional Military Education to members of the U.S. Armed Forces and select others in order to develop leaders who have the ability to operate and creatively think in an unpredictable and complex world. For more information about NDU, contact Mark Phillips at or visit