Situation Room Opening and Former Counterterrorism Director to speak at AU, Feb. 14

Headshot of Matthew Olsen

Anderson, Ind. -- On Wednesday, Feb. 14, Anderson University will open a new Situation Room for the Security Studies Program. A ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception will take place from 4-5 p.m. in Decker Hall, Room 377. The National Security Studies Fellows will also host Matthew G. Olsen, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center, to speak at 7 p.m. in York Performance Hall. A media session will follow at 8:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

The Situation Room, modeled after the room in the White House, will give students classroom space to respond to mock crises and a video conferencing setup will allow more opportunities to hear from National Security experts. “The nature of a class changes dramatically to a more professional environment when you’re seated together around a table,” said Dr. Michael Frank, professor of political science. The generous donor for this project is Charles R. Carroll ‘77, senior vice president for Identity Services and NorAm at IDEMIA.

Matthew G. Olsen was a prosecutor and the former director of the National Counterterrorism Center from 2011-2014. Olsen served in leadership positions in the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Columbia, and the National Security Agency. He co-founded IronNet Cybersecurity, and is a lecturer at Harvard Law School, his alma mater.

“This will be a great day for our Security Studies program,” said AU President John S. Pistole. “Olsen’s comments will bring a relevant perspective on national security and cybersecurity for the campus community, and the new Situation Room will provide many opportunities for future learning and engagement.”

Anderson University is a private, liberal arts institution in Anderson, Indiana with a mission to educate students for lives of faith and service in the church and society. Anderson University is recognized among top colleges by U.S. News and World Report, Colleges of Distinction, and The Princeton Review. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university now offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, music education, and theology.

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