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Press Release | Feb. 15, 2014

Dr. Robert D. Childs to Retire as Chancellor of the iCollege at National Defense University


Contact: Patty Coopersmith
Director of Outreach and International Relations
National Defense University iCollege 

(Washington DC) Chancellor of NDU’s Information Resources Management College (IRMC or iCollege), 
Dr. Robert D. Childs, has announced his retirement. When asked about his decision, he said, “After 
careful thought and much reflection I have decided to retire 31 January 2014 from my position as 
Chancellor of the National Defense University iCollege. Having served over four decades in government 
service, 30 years at National Defense University (NDU), nearly 23 years at the iCollege as Dean of 
Faculty and Academic Programs initially, and as Chancellor the last 14 years, it is time to explore new 
challenges in a new venue. 
“The time has passed swiftly; when you tackle a multi-dimensional job like this, putting yourself and 
family ‘all in,’ the results are rewarding, but incredibly demanding. I will be forever grateful for the 
opportunities these positions provided, for the many talented colleagues I have been honored to 
collaborate with and the lifelong friendships and relationships established. To be associated with such 
distinguished professionals who work with and support you in trust relationships is a priceless gift. 
“The college collectively, and myself individually, have been recognized globally for some very 
important contributions to the IT and cyber workforce communities. I attribute these successes to the 
incredibly creative, talented, and dedicated faculty and staff who have served with me at the college. My 
contribution was to provide the strategic vision, global strategies, and ‘top cover’ so they could exercise 
their professional expertise in a meaningful, uninhibited manner. We made unparalleled advances due to 
an unbelievable team effort.” 
Under Childs’ leadership, over 16,000 alumni across the Federal government benefit from iCollege 
courses. In 2008, the college established the Chief Financial Officer Academy which today brings chief 
information officers and chief financial officers together to study information strategies. In 2010, the 
college gained authority to offer a master’s degree in "Government Information Leadership" a steadily 
growing program. 
The college is supporting Department of Defense (DoD) international outreach efforts by establishing a 
CIO Academy in Romania and teaching courses in Sweden and Singapore, plus supporting the NATO 
Cyber Center in Estonia. In 2010 through 2012, the college, under the guidance of the DoD CIO, 
expanded its international reach, offering landmark regional conferences on cyber collaboration and 
infrastructure protection in Singapore, UK, UAE, and Thailand collaborating with international leaders 
and global companies. 
In 2013, Dr. Childs was inducted into the prestigious Government Computer News (GCN) Hall of Fame. 
Dave Wennergren, who held several executive positions in DoD calls Childs “…a truly innovative spirit 
and a perpetual energy machine" who is regularly looking over the horizon for new opportunities. "Bob 
was always a step ahead, with a new course offering, a new approach, or a new program ready to be 
deployed," Wennergren said, "and created the learning environment for IT professionals around the world 
to survive and thrive." Childs previously has been recognized as a Federal 100 award winner and Armed 
Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) International IT Executive of the Year. Asked about future plans, Childs stated: "There are numerous cyber leadership education needs and 
demands in the US and internationally. I intend to explore a wide variety of options where I can directly 
and meaningfully apply my experience, both domestically and internationally. Additionally, I plan to 
spend more quality time with my wife, children and grandchildren.” 
Dr. Robert D. Childs, Col, USAF, (Ret)
About the College - The NDU iCollege, a U.S. Department of Defense institution, prepares military and 
civilian leaders to optimize information technology management and secure information dominance 
within cyberspace. Although most students come from DoD (military and civilians), the school also 
accepts federal agency, private sector, and international students into its graduate programs. Courses at the 
NDU iCollege are completed on campus and/or online. For more information about the college, please 
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