Mass. Legislature’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Members Meet with Nichols Counterterrorism Experts

Members of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security (PSHS) were on “The Hill” Tuesday, Jan. 30 — but on Dudley Hill, not Beacon Hill.

They met Nichols College Graduate and Professional Studies (GPS) Adjunct Professor Colonel Tom Stewart and Executive Director Kerry Calnan, state Sen. Michael O. Moore, Nichols President Susan West Engelkemeyer, Ph.D.; Committee Chair state Rep. Harold “Hank” Naughton, state Rep. David Muradian, Nichols Professor Allison McDowell-Smith, Ph.D., director of the Graduate Counterterrorism Studies Program; state Rep. Thomas Walsh, and Nichols GPS Adjunct Professor Brigadier General (Ret.) Greg Smith.

“It was an honor to have Chairman Naughton and several of his members of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security visit Nichols College to learn more about the MSC program,” said Dr. McDowell-Smith. “We look forward to continuing our communication with this committee and greatly appreciate their support in our initiative to help secure the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

Chairman Naughton stated on Twitter: “Thank you, Nichols College, for hosting the Joint Committee on PSHS and teaching us about the expanding opportunities for higher education in Massachusetts. The [Nichols College] Master of Science in Counterterrorism supplies its graduates with national security and leadership skills, and so much more.”

In a Tweet, Senator Moore wrote: “Central Massachusetts is expanding higher education learning opportunities for students. Great to learn more about the Nichols College Master of Science in Counterterrorism program, which explores cutting-edge trends in cybersecurity, border control, and strategic communications.”

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