Kentucky Intelligence Community Center Established

From left to right: Dr. Elgie McFayden, KSU grant co-director; Dr. Raymond Burse, KSU president; Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, MSU president; Dr. Allen Ault, EKU dean, College of Justice & Safety; Dr. Michael W. Hail, MSU  grant co-director; Dr. Murray Bessette, MSU Co-Director; and Dr. Mike Collier, EKU grant co-director.

University officials, students and faculty from Morehead State, Kentucky State and Eastern Kentucky announced a grant and partnership agreement Wednesday, Dec. 3, in Frankfort for the Bluegrass State Intelligence Community Center of Academic Excellence.

The announcement was held at the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security Intelligence Fusion Center in the Transportation Cabinet Building in Frankfort, KY.

Speakers included Dr. Wayne D. Andrews, MSU president, Dr. Raymond Burse, KSU president, and Dr. Allen Ault, EKU Dean, College of Justice & Safety.

"We are really honored to be named a national center of academic excellence," said Dr. Michael W. Hail, assistant dean and professor of government at Morehead State University and a project co-director. 

The Bluegrass State Intelligence Studies Consortium was formed to address the urgent need to increase the number of students from Kentucky and nearby states who are aware of, and prepared for, intelligence community careers.

The center is innovative, because it targets a population of motivated, but under-prepared students who are potential intelligence community employees.  Additionally, this proposal is unique in that it includes a Homeland Security Intelligence Initiative to foster increased interchanges among academic institutions and regionally-based federal, state and local intelligence agencies.

The long term goal of this project is to provide students with the research, scientific, technological, analytical and critical language knowledge, skills and abilities, which when combined with their academic disciplinary backgrounds, will ensure the intelligence community has a diverse, highly-qualified and motivated pool of applicants from Kentucky and nearby states.

Dean Ault highlighted, “We will be improving our intelligence and national security programs by expanding and improving undergraduate and graduate courses and certificates, offering a number of outreach programs such as workshops and an annual Kentucky Intelligence Colloquium, plus providing scholarships and grants for students and grants for faculty.  This is a superb opportunity for us to both increase enrollments and better prepare students for future careers in intelligence and national security.“

Additional information is available by contacting Dr. Michael Collier at 859-622-6762.

Published on December 03, 2014