Defense tech leader to address HU’s Class of 2018

A leader in defense information technology will serve as commencement speaker for Harrisburg University of Science and Technology’s Class of 2018.

Lieutenant General (Ret) Susan Lawrence, currently positioned with Accenture Federal Services (AFS) as a managing director in its national security practice, will deliver the remarks to the Class of 2018 during the ceremony, which is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, May 10th at the Forum Auditorium in Harrisburg, PA.

More than 500 students are expected to graduate as part of the  Class of 2018.  It is the University’s largest graduating class.

“We are thrilled and honored to have Lieutenant General Susan Lawrence address the Class of 2018,” said University President Dr. Eric Darr. “Having spent her career developing technology that has protected our nation, she is the perfect role model for our students as they set out to begin the next chapter of their lives.”

At AFS, Lawrence is responsible for supporting AFS clients in developing and executing technology transformation and mission-support strategies that are designed to deter, deflect and defeat today’s evolving threats.  She brings extensive knowledge and experience in fielding new communications and wireless systems, electronic platforms and advanced technology to the warfighter.

Prior to joining AFS, Lawrence was at Booz Allen Hamilton, where she was a senior vice president in the Defense Market Group, helping lead business initiatives in the defense and security markets.

As the Army’s CIO/G-6, Lawrence managed the defense enterprise systems, IT infrastructure, Command & Control (C4) solutions and advanced technology used by the military warfighter and the supporting civilian workforce.  Additionally, she helped develop the U.S. Army Cyber Command and worked directly with senior staff members – including the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army – to reduce costs and improve the effectiveness of cyber and other IT solutions.

Lawrence also served as the Commanding General for the Army’s Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM), where her responsibilities included overseeing the Army C4 and Army Enterprise IT functions.  During her extensive career in the Army, she had operational assignments in Europe, South Korea, Southwest Asia, the United States, and led network, C4 and IT functions during military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Lawrence holds a bachelor of science degree in psychology from Campbell University in North Carolina, a master’s degree in information systems management from the University of Georgia, and an honorary doctorate in science from Dakota State University.

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