Valley Forge Military College is pleased to welcome Frank M. Spano, JD, FRSA as the Associate Dean of the College. In this capacity, Dean Spano serves as the College’s Chief Academic Officer overseeing the Faculty and curriculum, the Learning Center, and other duties as needed or assigned. Additionally, Dean Spano is looking forward to teaching one class section per term to support our existing course load.
Dean Spano is the Founder and Executive Director of The Counterterrorism Institute; a nonpartisan, nonprofit, organization that educates and empowers professionals, scholars, school-aged children, and the general public to better understand, prepare for, and counter the threat of domestic and transnational terrorism. A Valley Forge Military College Alumnus, Dean Spano has served as Director of Alumni Relations, Alumni Association Board of Directors Admissions Committee Chairman and Executive Committee Member, and as a member of the Board of Trustees’ College Oversight Committee.
Prior to founding The Counterterrorism Institute, Dean Spano served as: an Associate Professor of Homeland Security Studies in American Public University System’s School of Security and Global Studies; a Professor of Emergency Management at Columbia Southern University; Acting Assistant Headmaster and Institutional Accreditation Representative for Forest Hill Military Academy; and as the Director of National Security Policy for the Washington, DC -based Investigative Project on Terrorism.
Dean Spano graduated from Valley Forge Military College with an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education from Wayland Baptist University, a Citation in Strategic Management from Harvard University’s Extension School, a Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude, from Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School, and is completing a Master of Business Administration at Columbia Southern University. Additionally, Dean Spano has been selected for inclusion in Marquis Who’s Who in America, and was named a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce (FRSA) for his work in counterterrorism.