Dr. Mark R. Hagerott

Dr. Mark R. Hagerott

Dr. Mark R. Hagerott is Chancellor for the North Dakota University System.

Prior to his transition to an academic career path, Hagerott held numerous leadership positions in the U.S. Navy, both aboard ships and in administrative positions in the Department of Defense. A certified naval nuclear engineer in power generation and distribution, he served as chief engineer for a major environmental project: defueling of two atomic reactors. Hagerott also ran tactical data networks for the Navy and rose to ship command prior to his career in higher education.

Hagerott has held numerous academic leadership roles, serving in Annapolis as the dean of humanities and social sciences, special assistant to the provost, chair of the admissions board, and chairman of senior faculty senate committees pertaining to assessment and accreditation. He also served as a planning and strategy director in one of the largest U.S. Army educational organizations, NATO Training Mission, which included the Afghanistan army, police, air force, and medical school programs. Prior to his move back home to North Dakota, Hagerott served as the senior civilian and deputy director of the Center for Cyber Security Studies at the Naval Academy and served on the Defense Science Board summer study of unmanned systems 2014-2015.

Chancellor Hagerott's research and writing are focused on the evolution of technology, education, and changes in technical career paths, and he is the author of multiple articles and book chapters, with a recent emphasis on unmanned systems. He continues to serve as a non-resident cyber Fellow of the New America Foundation.

Hagerott holds a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy, an M.A. in political science and economics from Oxford University, where he attended as a Rhodes Scholar, and a Ph.D. in history from University of Maryland, and also served as a White House Fellow in the first Bush administration.

The chancellor hails from a multi-generation North Dakota family of farmers and energy producers. The Hagerott-Brandenburg family homesteaded in Center and Mandan before statehood, where his father continues work on the fourth-generation farm, and his mother's family came with the first Bakken oil boom.

Bill Souza

Bill Souza

Bill Souza currently performs independent oversight and governance functions for Duke Energy’s NERC compliance program. Bill’s contributions are in the areas of information protection, security perimeter and defense-in-depth, security controls, configuration management, vulnerability assessments, policy writing, and security control framework development.

Before devoting his work fulltime to Duke Energy, Bill served as the Security Integration Manager at PJM Interconnection. PJM is a Regional Transmission Organization, serving a population of 65 million, operator of a competitive wholesale electricity market, and covering an area reaching 13 states and the District of Columbia.

Bill is also an Adjunct Professor at Strayer University, teaching undergraduate programs in information security and audit principles. Bill is currently a Doctor of Science candidate in Cybersecurity from Capitol Technology University in Laurel, MD, and holds an MS in Information Assurance and a BS in Business Administration.

Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux

Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux

Dr. Benjamin Boudreaux is a researcher focusing on the intersection of emerging technology, national security, and ethics at the non-profit, non-partisan RAND Corporation. Prior to joining RAND, Dr. Boudreaux was a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State's Office of the Coordinator for Cyber Issues where he coordinated diplomatic efforts to promote cybersecurity and an open and interoperable Internet. Dr. Boudreaux received his Ph.D. in philosophy from UC Berkeley where he focused on ethical theory and political philosophy. He also holds an MS in international relations from Georgetown University and a BA from New York University.