Dr. Deanne Cranford-Wesley
Consultant, North Carolina Central University (NCCU)
Dr. Cranford-Wesley manages the Cybersecurity concentration in the School of Business, Computer Information System Program at NCCU. She directs operations in the innovative cybersecurity lab and is the advisor for the Women in Cybersecurity (Wicys) student chapter at NCCU. During her tenure at Forsyth Technical Community College, she managed 10 technical programs in the Davis iTEC Cybersecurity Center and also taught in the cybersecurity program. She developed curriculum for post-secondary education as well as K-12. She also led efforts on behalf of the Center of Academic Excellence and Regional Resource Center, where one of her initiatives focuses on the K-12 cybersecurity pipeline. She has designed curriculum for K-12 programs as a consultant in the 4-year space. She is a previous member of the CyberWatch Cybersecurity Task Force.
Dr. Cranford-Wesley previously worked as Department Coordinator and Associate Professor in the 4-year space for 12 years. She currently is an executive board member for the NC TECH Association, an Executive Board member for the NC Chamber, and a member of the Executive Board for the Colloquium of Information System Security board. Dr. Cranford-Wesley is a cybersecurity professional and has appeared as a subject matter expert on Fox8 and Time Warner News discussing innovations in cybersecurity and cyber-attacks. In August 2019, she appeared on WXI12 discussing the value of a GenCyber Girls Camp hosted by Forsyth Technical Community College.
Dr. Cranford-Wesley has a vast amount of experience in curriculum design, grant writing, and program evaluation. She has a Ph.D. in Education Leadership with a focus in Instructional Technology and is a published author of various technology-related articles. Furthermore, she has obtained the following certifications throughout her career: IC3, Security+, Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), and Cisco Certified Instructor (CCAI).