Northeastern State University signs educational partnership with the National Security Agency


Northeastern State University (NSU) recently signed an Educational Partnership Agreement with the National Security Agency (NSA).

Through this educational partnership, Northeastern State University seeks to increase the national cybersecurity talent pipeline for students from underrepresented populations in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

“The educational partnership is mutually beneficial and will provide several new opportunities for our students,” said Dr. Michael Wilds, professor of criminal justice, legal studies, homeland security and cybersecurity. “Our students will have access to NSA resources, making them more globally competitive in an emerging digital world. The partnership also opens the door to career advice and unique research and educational opportunities for our students.”

Wilds will serve as the university’s liaison to NSA. For more information, contact Wilds via

Representatives with NSA visited NSU on Sept. 7 to discuss the NSU-NSA Educational Partnership Agreement with students and faculty. Pictured in the top row, from left to right, are: Dr. Michael R Wilds, NSU criminal justice professor and NSA university liaison, Native American Alaska Employee Resource Group representative Nathan Browneagle, Intelligence Analysis Focus Area Liaison with NSA Richard Briggs, Intelligence Analysis Advisor - Academic Engagement with NSA Timothy McCray, NSU Director of Career Services Joshua Groomer. Pictured in the bottom row, from left to right, are: NSU Career Events Specialist Kandra Medlin, Senior Intelligence Analysis Authority with NSA Vicky Hardy, Academic Engagement Advocate with NSA Angie Painter and Dr. Jennifer Edwards, sociology professor at NSU.
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