AU Security Studies Director Announced

Anderson University is pleased to name Karl Perman as the first executive director for its Center of Security Studies and Cyber Defense. He joins the university with over three decades of experience in security, cyber defense, and academic instruction. Perman is stepping in as executive director during the program’s inaugural year, made possible through a $1 million Lilly Endowment grant and a $250k grant from the Avis Foundation

Perman comes to AU with a decorated public service and security career. He is a former police officer who also served as a special agent for the DEA, as an Army veteran, and has held several senior-level positions in security functions such as the director of security, North American Transmission Forum; manager, Infrastructure Protection and Regulatory Compliance at Exelon Corporation; and principal manager, Corporate Investigative and Protective Services at Southern California Edison. In 2011, Perman was named one of Security magazine’s Most Influential People in Security. The magazine states, “Perman is known for his dedication and leadership and for providing highly effective security solutions that address key risk concerns. Steady progress is the consistent achievement organizationally.”

The CSSCD is a manifestation of our cybersecurity, national security, and computer science programs. The center is aimed to develop a pipeline of graduates with excellent technical skills, strong Christian ethics, and a desire to serve on the front lines in defending the nation, our communities, and institutions from threats, foreign and domestic, in both the physical and cyber realms. 

“I am enthusiastic to work with the AU community and regional partners to build the CSSCD into a cybersecurity center of excellence that provides students and constituents relevant, effective, and thought-leading security studies and services,” said Perman.  

“I’m excited to welcome Karl Perman to AU as we expand our academic and pragmatic programs in rapidly expanding job markets,” said President John Pistole, who has been a driving force in implementing security studies opportunities at AU. “Karl’s leadership of the new Center will help us be distinctive, compelling, and relevant in an area of great need, for such a time as this.” 

Anderson University is on a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service, offering more than 60 undergraduate majors, 30 three-year degrees, 20 NCAA Division III intercollegiate sports, alongside adult and graduate programs. The private, liberal arts institution is fully accredited and recognized among top colleges for its business, computer science, cybersecurity, dance, engineering, nursing, and teacher education programs. Anderson University was established in 1917 in Anderson, Indiana, by the Church of God.

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