When Embry Riddle Aeronautical University-Prescott created a new academic unit this fall called the College of Business, Security, and Intelligence (CBSI), it founded the only college of its type in the nation.
The new college is the result of combining of what previously had been the College of Security and Intelligence with the School of Business.
Chancellor Anette Karlsson said demand for increased awareness of the interrelationship of business, security and cybersecurity prompted the major makeover. She and her colleagues formally announced the change during the annual meeting of the ERAU Board of Visitors Sept.29.
At that same time, Karlsson introduced Thomas Drape, Ph. D., as the interim dean of CBSI.
Karlsson said “real world” industry partners during the past year had endorsed the concept of the new college. They thought benefits through a merger of business with intelligence and security and then multidisciplinary melding of content will result in stronger degree programs. For example, by linking cybersecurity and aviation business to fraud investigation in forensic accounting; and global security in supply management and business analytics with machine learning, students will enter internships and job opportunities with exceptional skill levels.
Drape echoed Karlsson, saying that security and business are intrinsically linked. “The faculty is having dynamic conversations with other faculty, students and industry about how we can strengthen the role of physical and cybersecurity in global supply chains and in meeting needs for lessons in anticounterfeiting, brand protection and digital forensics.” Drape, a 20-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, has been a professor at ERAU since 2015. He previously had been chair of the graduate and MBA programs for the School of Business at Azusa Pacific University in California.
The new college will be the fourth, joining the College of Aviation, the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences. Students will be able to select from among 25 undergraduate degrees and three graduate degrees from among the four colleges.
More details are available online at www.prescott.erau.edu and then by dropping down to the “College of Business, Security, and Intelligence” option.