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GW President, Mark Warner

Mark S. Wrighton (left), President, The George Washington University, speaks with Mark Warner (right), United States Senator from Virginia at the GW Business & Policy Forum: Attacking Cybersecurity Risk on April 25. 

Dear CPS Community, 

I hope this message finds you well. April has been an exciting month for our college, with several noteworthy events and updates to share.

First, I am thrilled to report that CPS, SEAS, GW Law, and the GW School of Business co-sponsored the inaugural GW Business & Policy Forum: Attacking Cybersecurity Risk. Over 300 attendees joined us for this event, which featured keynote speaker Virginia Senator Mark Warner and other notable industry leaders. The participants gained invaluable insights and opportunities for interaction as we tackled the most significant issues related to the ever-evolving landscape. These issues have profound implications for global business, markets and regulation. Our discussion provided a professional and comprehensive understanding of the topic at hand.  

The day concluded with a productive networking session, fostering deeper conversations and potential partnerships. I extend my sincere gratitude to all who helped bring this ‘only at GW experience’ to life!

CPS Dean Liesl Riddle introduces Panel III: The Implications of the National Cyber Strategy - Potential Impacts on the Private Sector Partnership with Government.

Faculty member and program director Connie Uthoff (far right), Cybersecurity Strategy & Info. Management Program, speaks on Panel III about the National Cyber Strategy.

Additionally, our strategic plan is in its final stages, and our six pillars reflect our unique community of students, faculty, and staff. I would like to thank everyone who participated in our All Hands meeting on April 5th. Your input was critical in galvanizing and putting into action our roadmap for the next five years.


As we approach one of my favorite times of the year, Commencement, I am honored to announce our college speaker, Ms. Lourdes Tiglao. A GW alumna and Biden appointee, Lourdes is currently the director of the Center for Women Veterans at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She is a U.S. Air Force veteran and an accomplished business, nonprofit management, advocacy, and healthcare professional with extensive experience in leadership roles in the military, healthcare, nonprofit, and tech sectors. We are confident that her words will inspire us all on May 20th.


Furthermore, I am proud to introduce our student speaker, Kristian Maldonado, from the Sustainable Urban Planning program. Kristian, who comes from a multicultural Latino and LGBT+ background, aspires to contribute to the betterment of global society through his work in urban planning. He will be finishing his studies this summer.

Please visit our CPS.COMMENCEMENT.GWU.EDU website for all the latest updates.

Distinguished Speaker: Ms. Lourdes Tiglao, Director, Center for Women Veterans, U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs.

Student Speaker: Kristian Maldonado, MPS '23 (Sustainable Urban Planning Program).

Lastly, thank you to all who donated to CPS and GSPM on Giving Day. We achieved our target and I look forward to next year’s outreach as we will only exceed our goal as our community continues to come together to support our students and initiatives.

Warm regards,

Liesl A. Riddle signature in cursive

Liesl Riddle, Ph.D.

Dean, College of Professional Studies

George Washington University

2023 GSPM Alumni Achievement Awards

GSPM alumni achievement awardees

Congratulations to this year’s GSPM Alumni Achievement Award recipients Erin Houchin, GSPM '12, U.S. House Representative and Scott Suozzi, GSPM '02, Commander, JAG Corps, U.S. Navy (Ret.). They will be honored for their achievements May 17 when the GSPM community gathers to celebrate their success and toast the 2023 graduating class.

More info about the 2023 awardees

Homeland Security Advisory Board Meets First Time In-Person

The Homeland Security Advisory Board held its first in-person annual meeting April 20th. The board members, senior-level industry professionals with extensive operational and leadership experience, will provide support and advice to the homeland security programs.

More info about the Homeland Security Advisory Board


Sustainable Urban Planning Program Reaccredited by the Planning Accreditation Board

PAB Planning Accreditation Board logo

The Sustainable Urban Planning (SUP) master’s degree program has received a positive reaccreditation report by the Planning Accreditation Board (PAB). The PAB accreditation is a high academic standard that recognizes professional planning programs in North America on the basis of performance, integrity, and quality. 

More info

Paralegal Studies Faculty Member Lisa Leibow Admitted to the Supreme Court Bar

Lisa Leibow

Congratulations to faculty member Lisa Leibow, J.D. for being sworn in as a member of the highest court in the nation. She was admitted March 21st to the Bar of the U.S. Supreme Court before all nine U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

More info

Homeland Master’s Ranked #1 Best Online College

OnlineU, Best Online Colleges 2023 Salary Score

The Homeland Security master’s degree was ranked #1 by for 2023’s Best Online Colleges for Salary Score. According to, the Salary Score methodology is based on median alumni earnings in the year after graduating. Data is sourced from the U.S. Department of Education. 

More info

CPS Distinguished Scholar Recognized at GW Academic Honors Ceremony

CPS distinguished scholar with GW leadership

Mei Li Chen, BPS ‘23, fourth from the left in gray suit, pictured with GW President Mark S. Wrighton, far left, and Provost Christopher Alan Bracey, far right, with other 2023 Distinguished Scholars.

GW celebrated its highest achieving and most distinguished student scholars in late April, recognizing a total of 210 students including nine Distinguished Scholars.

This year, CPS selected Mei Li Chen, an information technology major, as our 2023 Distinguished Scholar, for excelling both in and out of the classroom. GW Today story

Robots and Cybersecurity: Cyber Professor Reflects on Industry Trends

Faculty member Connie Uthoff recently wrote an article for the spring 2023 issue of the United States Cybersecurity Magazine about robots and cybersecurity. Uthoff is an assistant professor and program director of the master’s degree in Cybersecurity Strategy and Information Management program. 

Read her article

Dean Speaks About Stackable Credentials in Higher Ed

Dean Riddle at ASU summit

Dean Liesl Riddle spoke April 17 at the annual ASU+GSV Summit, which connects leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work. She was part of the distinguished panel “LEGO Towers, Not Ivory: The Power and Promise of Stackable Credentials in Higher Ed.” 

Watch the session on YouTube


Global Perspective Residency Brazil

May 5: 12 PM | Online

GW Sustainable Urban Planning Program Graduates Present their Capstone Projects

May 5: 6 PM | Washington, D.C.

College of Professional Studies Commencement Celebration 2023 with hat and hassle

GSPM Toast the Network & Alumni Achievement Awards

May 17: 6:00 PM | Washington, D.C.

CPS 2023 Undergraduate & Graduate Celebration

May 20: 7:00 PM | GW Main Campus, Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, D.C.

GW Commencement

May 21: 10:30 AM | The National Mall, Washington, D.C.

More Upcoming Events


Comments from Dr. Scott White

The Hill quoted Scott White, associate professor of cybersecurity in the article “Americans now fear cyberattack more than nuclear attack,’’ by Daniel De Vise.

Russian TV live interview about TikTok on

Comments from Dr. Todd Belt

USA Today quoted Todd Belt, director of the political management program in the Graduate School of Political Management, in the article “Biden steers clear of talking about possible Trump indictment ahead of 2024 campaign,’’ by Joey Garrison.

Sinclair Broadcast Group in the article “Trump indicted: Charges could give former president a party boost in '24 race,’’ by Cory Smith.


Sinclair Broadcast Group in the article “Here's how Trump's indictment could impact other cases under investigation,’’ by Cory Smith.


South China Morning Post in the article “Donald Trump’s indictment puts New York police on alert for possible violence by supporters,’’ by Robert Delaney.

Spectrum News spoke to Todd Belt, director of the political management program in the Graduate School of Political Management, about the indictment of former President Trump.

Sinclair Broadcast Group quoted Todd Belt, director of the political management program in the Graduate School of Political Management, in the article “Felony charges aren't expected to slow Trump's bid for the White House,’’ by Cory Smith.

Sinclair Broadcast Group quoted Todd Belt in the article “Recession fears will impact run for the White House, experts say,’’ by Dee Dee Gatton and Jillian Smith.


The Hill quoted Todd Belt in the article “Why Ron DeSantis is fighting with Disney,’’ by Karl Evers-Hillstrom.

Hearst TV about former President Trump’s legal troubles.


Sinclair Broadcast Group about how people’s finances will affect how they vote.

Sinclair Broadcast Group quoted Todd Belt, director of the political management program in the Graduate School of Political Management, in the article “South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott might emerge as GOP alternative to Trump,’’ by Cory Smith.

Comments from Dr. Casey Burgat

DC News Now spoke to Casey Burgat, director of the legislative affairs program in the Graduate School of Political Management.

Spectrum News quoted Casey Burgat, director of the legislative affairs program in the Graduate School of Political Management, in the article “Sen. McConnell remains silent on Trump’s charges,’’ by Julia Benbrook.


Spectrum News in the article “Looking back at House Republican majority's first 100 days,’’ by Taurean Small and Carl Brewer.

Hearst TV on the impact of absent senators.

WGAL-NBC8, Lancaster, Pa., in the article “Pennsylvania Sen. John Fetterman returns to work at US Senate,’’ by Barbara Barr.

Hearst TV about President Biden’s re-election plans.

Sinclair Broadcast Group quoted Casey Burgat, director of the legislative affairs program in the Graduate School of Political Management, in the article “Who will budge? McCarthy, Biden in a debt ceiling stalemate,’’ by Cory Smith.

Fox News quoted Casey Burgat, associate professor of political management, in the article “House Republicans take on Empire state of mind amid debt ceiling standoff, Trump indictment,’’ by Chad Pergram.

Comments from Dr. Matt Dallek

In GW Today, "GW Professor Analyzes how One Group Helped Radicalize American Right-Wing Politics," by Brook Endale, March 24, 2023.

Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right

ABC News Live on Twitter: @MattDallek speaks to @KaynaWhitworth about his new book, “Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right,” and how the secretive society influenced former Pres. Trump.

Tracing the John Birch Society's origins in Wisconsin and its impact on conservatism | Wisconsin Public Radio (

Video How the 1950s far-right group the John Birch Society influences today's GOP - ABC News

Birchers: How the John Birch Society Radicalized the American Right | Library Journal

In Waco, Trump avoids mentioning standoff but invokes apocalyptic “WWIII” and war on “deep state” | The Independent

The Truth About William F. Buckley and the John Birch Society - POLITICO

Nonfiction Views: This week's notable nonfiction book releases, and other book news (

Indicting Leaders Is Common for Functioning Democracies | Time

How the John Birch Society radicalized the American Right - Niskanen Center

Washington Monthly featured a book written by Matthew Dallek, professor of political management, in the article “Birch of a Nation,’’ by Jacob Heilbrunn.

New Republic

Tenured Radical Podcast

The New York Times, Matthew Dallek, professor of political management, authored the article “How Fox Helped Break the American Right.’’

USA Today in the article, "What happens after Trump indictment?" Mug shot, fingerprints (

USA Today in the article “Will Trump's indictment hurt his campaign? Or his rivals? The 2024 race has turned on its head.’’ By David Jackson, Phillip M. Bailey and Mabinty Quarshie.

For Politico Magazine, Matthew Dallek authored the article “Debunking a Longstanding Myth About William F. Buckley.’’

Spectrum News spoke to Matthew Dallek, professor of political management, about mass shootings and the NRA convention.

Spectrum News quoted Matthew Dallek, professor of political management, in the article “GOP rejects Senate resolution to temporarily replace Feinstein on Judiciary panel,’’ by Cassie Semyon and Reena Diamante. 

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