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WV intelligence expert earns Naval Postgraduate School degree


Oct. 2, 2018

W.Va. intelligence expert earns Naval Postgraduate School degree


CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A key analyst with the West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center has completed a Master of Arts degree at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS).


Morgan Minor, a supervisory intelligence analyst, graduated from the 18-month Security Studies program on Sept. 21. Her coursework included a thesis, “(Un)convinced to Kill,” for which she collaborated with homeland security officials from across the nation on current policy, strategy and organizational design challenges.


"We are very proud of Ms. Minor's accomplishment and how well she has represented the State of West Virginia during her time in the NPS master's program,” Fusion Center Director Jessica Griffith said. “The W.Va. Fusion Center recognizes the importance of furthering education and is eager to continue providing a platform for Ms. Minor to share her knowledge in security studies and help keep West Virginia safe.”


Minor and the other 28 CHDS students who participated in the graduation ceremony represent a snapshot of the homeland security profession. They included professionals from the fields of homeland security, emergency management, education, law enforcement, fire service, public health, and city and county government.


“I commend Morgan for her hard work in pursuit of higher education, and her dedication to the safety and security of West Virginia,” said state Homeland Security Advisor Jimmy Gianato. “I look forward to working with her in the future.”


The West Virginia Intelligence Fusion Center (www.fusioncenter.wv.gov) allows multiple levels of law enforcement, public safety agencies and private entities to share resources, expertise and information. This collaborative approach makes the most of their contributions to prevent, detect, investigate, and respond to criminal and terrorist activity as well as all other hazards. This approach also endeavors to protect the rights of citizens and preserve the rights and integrity of law enforcement and private industry.


Minor has gained a national reputation for her expertise and contributions to this all-hazards mission. She was promoted to supervisory analyst earlier this year, and earned her undergraduate degree from Bethany College.


Located at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif., CHDS is the nation’s homeland security educator. Master’s degree students develop critical thinking, leadership and policy skills during the rigorous 18-month program. Each graduate completes a thesis on a current issue facing his or her jurisdiction. These theses often translate into policy and practice.


CHDS (www.chds.us) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), National Preparedness Directorate, within the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).


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LAWRENCE MESSINA (304) 558-2930 Lawrence.C.Messina@wv.gov