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Welcoming Vice Adm. J. Michael (Mike) McConnell, USN (Ret) to the NCMF Board of Directors

Contact: Christine Harding,; 301-399-4101

For Immediate Release April 17, 2020

ANNAPOLIS JUNCTION, Md – The National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF) announced the appointment of a new member to the organization's board of directors, effective April 1, 2020.

Joining the board is Vice Adm. J. Michael (Mike) McConnell, USN (Ret), who served as Director of the National Security Agency (NSA) from 1992 to 1996. McConnell's distinguished career spans over 50 years, focused on international and foreign intelligence issues, including 29 years as a U.S. Navy intelligence officer. In 2007, he became the second U.S. Director of National Intelligence, serving under Presidents Bush and Obama.

In February 2020 the University of South Florida announced the appointment of McConnell as Executive Director of Cyber Florida. Hosted by the University of South Florida, Cyber Florida is charged by the State of Florida to promote cybersecurity education, research, and outreach.

“We are pleased to announce that the Honorable J.M. (Mike) McConnell has joined the NCMF Board of Directors through our partnership with Cyber Florida. We are excited to have him as part of our NCMF team,” NCMF President & CEO Laura Nelson said.

McConnell has received the nation's highest award for service in the U.S. intelligence community from both Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush. He’s also been vice chairman of Booz Allen Hamilton, a management and information technology consulting firm.

McConnell holds a master’s degree in public administration from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Furman University. He is a graduate of the National Defense University and the National Defense Intelligence College, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and has been awarded four honorary doctorate degrees - including one from USF.

About the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation (NCMF)

Since 1996, the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation has supported the National Cryptologic Museum in educating the public on the importance of cryptology in defense of our nation. Through the Cyber Center for Education & Innovation, Home of the National Cryptologic Museum, and its outreach programs, the National Cryptologic Museum Foundation heightens public awareness of the cryptologic professions while honoring the people—past, present and future—whose contributions to our national security protect and make possible our way of life.

About Cyber Florida

Since its founding in 2014, Cyber Florida has implemented numerous initiatives across the Florida, including helping to establish nearly 50 cybersecurity degree or certificate programs, providing seed funding for nearly 75 research projects, participating in hundreds of events or presentations to raise cyber awareness and publishing books for public guidance.

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