Senator Patrick Leahy Visited Norwich University on November 16, 2023

By Jakon Hays & Zack Bennett

Senator Patrick Leahy and his wife Marcelle visited the campus of Norwich University and the Senator Patrick Leahy School of Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing on November 16, 2023.

Senator Leahy Visits Norwich University on November 16

NORTHFIELD, Vt. –Senator Patrick Leahy and his wife Marcelle visited the campus of Norwich University and the Senator Patrick Leahy School of Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing on November 16, 2023. During their visit, Senator Leahy met with students and faculty members to learn about Norwich's interdisciplinary efforts toward meeting our nation's demand for cyber leaders in private industry, government, law enforcement, the military, health services, and academia.

Senator Leahy has supported cyber education at Norwich for over 25 years. His support helped birth the Norwich University Applied Research Institutes (NUARI) and land the University over $70M in cybersecurity-related research and development grants and contracts. In 2022, Norwich University named its cybersecurity school after Senator Leahy in recognition of his leadership and support.

During his visit, Senator Leahy heard from students and faculty members about the innovative programs and research being conducted and the school's commitment to preparing students for the challenges and opportunities of the cybersecurity workforce.

“We are excited about these new endeavors, not only because they provide wonderful educational value, but also because we are thoroughly confident in our ability to create leaders in an emergent field,” said Norwich University President Mark Anarumo. “The university is fortunate to have built such a strong reputation and garner the support of those who believe in our mission, like Senator Leahy.”

In his final vote as Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Senator Leahy approved a bill that allocates funding for over 30 projects across Vermont, including two for Norwich University. He secured $16.4 million in Congressional Directed Spending for the Norwich University Multi-disciplinary Cyber Fusion Research and Development Center, which will foster educational and workforce training opportunities in cybersecurity, information operations, computing, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and real-time decision-making.

"We were honored to host Senator Leahy and Marcelle on campus today to review the progress made by our students and faculty at the Senator Patrick Leahy School of Cybersecurity and Advanced Computing. Senator Leahy's unwavering support to educate and inspire future cyber leaders has positioned Norwich to be a leader in cyber education and research, and we are truly honored to have him as a champion of our school." – Phil Susmann, President, NUARI.

Norwich University has established itself as a pioneer in cybersecurity education. In 1999, the University introduced a Computer Security & Information Assurance degree, one of the first programs of its kind in the nation.


About Norwich University 
Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and 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 and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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