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The Cyber AB Launches Academic Advisory Council Backed by Thought Leaders from Across Higher Education

June 28, 2022

(National Harbor, MD, June 28, 2022) - The Cyber AB today announced the formation and launch of its Academic Advisory Council (AAC), created to facilitate a critical voice from higher education institutions to provide key feedback and recommendations for successfully implementing CMMC in an academic environment. The AAC will also work to promote the incorporation of CMMC training curricula within college and university professional education programs.


The CMMC AAC is composed of esteemed thought leaders representing the higher education community. The Council directly advises The Cyber AB only and does not have any affiliation with the Department of Defense.


"The AAC is bringing together recognized leaders from higher education to confer with us as we support DoD in implementing CMMC," said Melanie Kyle Gingrich, The Cyber AB Vice President for Training and Certification who concurrently serves as the Chair of the Council.


"There are scores of universities that support DoD through either grants or actual contract vehicles, many of which will eventually contain CMMC requirements," continued Gingrich. "Academic environments and the data networks within them are different from their counterparts in the defense industry. We need to hear from the academic community on these issues, as well as learn about other challenges and opportunities for implementing CMMC within their institutions."


Inaugural members of the CMMC Academic Advisory Council are:

Nelson Baker, Ph.D.

Dean, Professional Education

Georgia Institute of Technology

Sol Bermann, J.D.

Chief Information Security Officer

University of Michigan

Mike Borowczak, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Computer Science

University of Wyoming

William (Bill) Butler, Ph.D.

Vice President of Academic Affairs

Capitol Technology University

Michael Corn (Vice Chair)

Chief Information Security Officer

University of California, San Diego

Jordan DiMaggio

Vice President, Policy, and Digital Strategy

University Professional & Continuing Education Assn.

Scott V. Dolan, Ph.D.

Dean, School of Graduate Studies

Excelsior College

Melanie Kyle Gingrich (Chair)

Vice President for Training & Certification

The Cyber AB

Adam Grant

Export Compliance Officer

University of Maryland

Jodi Ito

Chief Information Security Officer

University of Hawaii System

Kim Milford, J.D.

Executive Director


Peter Schiffer, Ph.D.

Frederick W. Beinecke Professor of Applied Physics

Yale University

Jeffrey C. Sun, J.D., Ph.D.

Professor & Distinguished University Scholar

University of Louisville

Mladen Vouk, Ph.D.

Vice Chancellor for Research and Innovation

North Carolina State University

Talitha M. Washington, Ph.D.

Director, Data Science Initiative

Atlanta University Center Consortium

Von Welch

Associate Vice President, Information Security

Indiana University

Kenneth L. Williams, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Center for Cyber Defense

American Public University System


The AAC convenes on a monthly basis and all members of the ACC serve in a voluntary, uncompensated capacity.


About The Cyber AB

The CMMC Accreditation Body, Inc. is a private, independent, Maryland-based, nonprofit, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization that serves as the sole official partner of the Department of Defense, via contract, for the implementation, accreditation, and oversight of the CMMC Ecosystem and its support to the Defense Industrial Base.