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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Norwich announces two new hires to lead graduate programs

For Immediate Release
July 26, 2011

Contact: Daphne Larkin
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Norwich University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) announced the hiring of two program directors.

Dr. Lasha Tchantouridze will take over as director of the Master of Arts in Diplomacy program beginning August 1.

Tchantouridze is replacing Dr. Harold Kearsley, who has been promoted to associate dean of academics.

A former journalist in Tbilisi, Georgia, Tchantouridze has also been a research associate at the Centre for Defence and Security Studies, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg; a visiting associate dean at the School of Governance, Caucasus University, Tbilisi, Georgia; a lecturer in the Department of Politics, University of Winnipeg and at the Department of International Studies, University of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada; and a visiting professor at The Canadian Armed Forces College, Toronto, Ontario.

Tchantouridze was also formerly a Political Officer in the Soviet Navy.

He holds Bachelor of Arts degrees in Film and Media Studies and in Philosophy from Tbilisi State University; an MS in International Relations and a Ph.D. in International Relations from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.

Dr. Gary C. Kessler has taken over as director of the Master of Science in Information Assurance program beginning in September.

Kessler is the president of Gary Kessler Associates, a training and consulting company specializing in computer and network security and digital forensics.

He is also a member of the Vermont Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Edith Cowan University (Perth, Western Australia).

Kessler is the co-author of two professional texts and over 70 articles, a frequent speaker at regional, national, and international conferences, and editor-in-chief of the Journal of Digital Forensics, Security and Law.

He received his BA Mathematics at Humboldt State University; his MS Computer Science at University of Vermont and his Ph.D. Computing Technology in Education at Nova Southeastern University.
“We are delighted that Dr. Tchantouridze and Dr. Kessler are joining the Norwich family to lead these two important master’s programs,” said SGCS Dean William Clements. “Both bring real-world experience, academic scholarship and strong leadership to SGCS.”


Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in Baccalaureate and Graduate Degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army. Norwich University is the oldest private military college in the United States of America and the birthplace of our nation's Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). www.norwich.edu

Norwich University’s School of Graduate and Continuing Studies (SGCS) builds upon the institution’s 191 year academic heritage with innovative online master’s degrees in a variety of areas. SGCS also offers a certificate in teaching and learning and a bachelor’s completion program. The programs are recognized throughout the industry for their rigor, small class size, high student satisfaction and retention. http://graduate.norwich.edu/