Governance: Administrators


Administrators for SANS Technology Institute provide leadership to carry out plans and activities in support of the college's goals and objectives. STI administrators create and design appropriate processes and services to support students and the learning environment.

Davis, Sydney

  • Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Bachelors of Arts, University of San Diego

As Admissions and Enrollment Coordinator, Sydney Davis is responsible for guiding prospective students and applicants through the admissions process. She serves as the liaison to the Admissions Committee and works alongside the Assistant Director of Admissions in the academic planning process. She also manages new student enrollment, working with both the Registrar and Enrollment Managers.

She has a B.A. in Biology from the University of San Diego.

Gouker, Toby

  • Provost
  • Most Advanced Degree
    PhD, Applied Management and Decision Sciences, Walden University
  • Field of Experience
    IT-Enabled Change Management

Dr. Gouker has over 30 years of management experience in industry and academia. His industry experience includes serving as: Chief Strategy Officer for a federal contractor, leading business development and strategic growth on DHS, DoD, and VA contracts; Chief Operating Officer for another federal contractor where he managed contracts in training and IT Services for a variety of civilian branches (NIH, FDA, NSF); and Director of Operations for a biotech firm where he managed day-to-day operations at eleven international facilities. Dr. Gouker's academic experience includes serving as: Provost at Lyman Spalding Institute, where led the effort to build a global continuing education program for scientists and engineers to ensure pharmaceutical workforce capacity; Vice President of University Affairs at American Graduate University, where he functioned as the lead academic and operating officer; and Executive Director at Laureate Education, Inc. where he led National Technological University through its merger with Walden University. Dr. Gouker holds Adjunct Faculty status at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, American Graduate University, and DeVry University where he has taught a variety of technology, project management, and general management courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level. He is also the co-author of the Control Account Manager's Handbook.

Lesch, Jeff

  • Assistant Registrar
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Bachelor of Science, Case Western Reserve University

Lockhart, Bill

  • Executive Director
  • Most Advanced Degree
    MBA, Harvard Business School

Bill Lockhart serves as the Executive Director of the SANS Technology Institute, working with President Paller to oversee strategy and manage all school operations, including student and enrollment management, finance, marketing, technology support, and regulatory affairs.  President Paller claims that Bill joined SANS, following a successful, fifteen year career as a Managing Director and portfolio manager for multi-billion dollar investment firms, so that "he could finally do something useful."  Bill brings a wide variety of industry, management, and functional experiences to SANS, from serving on the Board of a publicly-traded company, advising global firms as a strategy and marketing consultant, to founding and growing his own business as an entrepreneur.  Bill earned his MBA from the Harvard Business School, and his B.A. from Yale University.

Logue, Peggy

  • Chief Business Officer
  • Most Advanced Degree
    MBA, Southeastern University

Peggy Logue is also the Controller for SANS Institute with a team of eleven performing the finance, registration, purchasing and conference related functions for the organization. Peggy has a B.S. in Accounting from Tennessee Technological University and an MBA from Southeastern University. Prior to coming to SANS in September 2007, she worked for Airbus, North America for 21 years in the Finance Department, with her most recent position as the Business Controller.

Marchant, Betsy

  • Assistant Director, Graduate School Operations
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Master of Public Health, University of South Carolina

 As Assistant Director of Graduate School Operations, Betsy Marchant is primarily responsible for managing, coordinating, and enabling students to successfully complete their academic programs. She works alongside the registrar and assistant registrar to help manage and track current students and their academic progress.

Prior to joining the SANS Technology Institute, Betsy led a public health preparedness training team at the Virginia Department of Health and worked in training and education at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She has a B.S. in Health Sciences from Clemson University and a M.P.H. in Public Health from the University of South Carolina.

Moore, Shelley

  • Assistant Director, Marketing and Admissions
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Bachelor of Arts, University of Texas

As Assistant Director of Enrollment Management and Communications, Shelley Moore is primarily responsible for guiding student enrollment activities, from counseling prospective applicants, overseeing the admissions process, and supporting students as they progress through the program. She works alongside the registrar and academic advisors to help manage and track current students and their academic progress, and is actively engaged in student outreach and other marketing efforts for the Institute. Prior to joining the SANS Technology Institute, Shelley worked in clinical research at UT Southwestern in Dallas, specifically in subject enrollment and retention, and cohort management. She has a B.A. in Linguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Northcutt, Stephen

  • Director, Academic Advising
  • Ex-Officio Director on the Board of SANS Technology Institute
  • SANS Faculty Fellow
  • Course Author
  • Course Lead
  • STI Committee Member
  • STI Faculty Advisor
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Bachelor of Science, Mary Washington College

Stephen Northcutt founded the GIAC certification and served as the founding president of the SANS Technology Institute, an accredited graduate school focused on cyber security. Stephen is author/coauthor of Incident Handling Step-by-Step, Intrusion Signatures and Analysis, Inside Network Perimeter Security 2nd Edition, IT Ethics Handbook, and Network Intrusion Detection 3rd Edition. He was the original author of the Shadow Intrusion Detection system before accepting the position of chief for information warfare at the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization. Stephen is a graduate of Mary Washington College. Before entering the field of computer security, he worked as a Navy helicopter search and rescue crewman, white water raft guide, chef, martial arts instructor, cartographer, and network designer.

Since 2007 Stephen has conducted over 40 in-depth interviews with leaders in the security industry, from CEOs of security product companies to the most well-known practitioners, in order to research the competencies required to be a successful leader in the security field. He maintains the SANS Leadership Laboratory, where research on these competencies is posted, as well as SANS Security Musings. He leads the Management 512 Alumni Forum, where hundreds of security managers post questions. He is the lead author for Management 512: SANS Security Leadership Essentials for Managers, a prep course for the GSLC certification that meets all levels of requirements for DoD Security Managers per DoD 8570. He also is the lead author/instructor for Management 514: IT Security Strategic Planning, Policy, and Leadership. Stephen blogs at the SANS Security Laboratory and is on the NewsBites and SANS Analyst teams. He has been involved in a number of security startups including SourceFire, Tenable, Savant Protection and Zimperium and currently serves as director of academic advising for SANS.EDU.

Paller, Alan

  • President of SANS Technology Institute
  • Advisor on Presentations
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Master of Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Field of Experience
    Public Policy and Marketing Security in Large Organizations. See details below.

Alan Paller is the president for SANS Technology Institute and director of research for the SANS Institute, responsible for projects ranging from the Internet Storm Center (the Internet's early warning system with 500,000 sensors around the world) to the Top Ten Security Menaces of the coming year. He also edits NewsBites, the twice-weekly summary of the most important news stories in security. But he says his most satisfying responsibility is finding people who have solved important security problems and helping SANS 85,000 alumni in 60 countries learn about those people and their discoveries.

Alan earned degrees in computer science and engineering from Cornell and MIT. He wrote hundreds of articles on computer graphics, EIS and computer security, and authored two books, The EIS Book: Information Systems for Top Managers and How to Give the Best Presentation of Your Life.

He has testified before the House and Senate, and in 2001 the President named Alan as one of the original members of the National Infrastructure Assurance Council. In 2005 the Federal CIO Council chose him as its annual Azimuth Award winner recognizing his singular vision and outstanding service to government information technology.

He earned his Bachelor's of Science in Engineering at Cornell University and a Master of Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Sardi, Diane

  • Registrar
  • Most Advanced Degree
    Bachelor of Arts, University of Washington

As Registrar, Diane is primarily responsible for graduate students' course registrations while working with the Enrollment Manager and Assistant Registrar to ensure that students proceed smoothly through their degree and certificate requirements. She also works with the Enrollment Manager and Admissions Committee to facilitate master's degree application packages.

Diane became a part of the SANS Technology Institute while serving as Executive Assistant to former STI President, Stephen Northcutt, and has continued as Registrar for the graduate school following Stephen's retirement from the president's office. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice and Society from the University of Washington.

Scott, Matthew

  • Director for Institutional Effectiveness
  • Most Advanced Degree
    M.A., Educational Administration and Leadership, University of Pacific

As the Director for Institutional Effectiveness for STI, Matthew Scott coordinates and documents both the student learning outcomes assessment and the institutional effectiveness processes. Currently, Matthew spearheads the Self-Study for the college's accreditation by MSCHE. He and the Director of Enrollment Management also manage student enrollment. Matthew received a B.A. degree in Political Science from California State University, Long Beach and a M.A. degree in Educational Administration and Leadership, specializing in Higher Education Administration, from the University of Pacific. Matthew's research interests include educational policy, leadership, and student learning assessment.

Ullrich, Ph.D., Johannes

  • STI Dean of Research
  • SANS Senior Instructor
  • STI Committee Member
  • STI & SANS Chief Research Officer
  • Manager of GIAC Gold Program
  • Manager of the Internet Storm Center
  • Most Advanced Degree
    PhD, Physics, SUNY Albany
  • Field of Experience
    Information Security Research Expert

As Dean of Research for the SANS Technology Institute, Johannes is currently responsible for the SANS Internet Storm Center (ISC) and the GIAC Gold program. He founded in 2000, which is now the data collection engine behind the ISC. His work with the ISC has been widely recognized, and in 2004, Network World named him one of the 50 most powerful people in the networking industry. Prior to working for SANS, Johannes worked as a lead support engineer for a web development company and as a research physicist. Johannes holds a PhD in Physics from SUNY Albany and is located in Jacksonville, Florida. His daily podcast summarizes current security news in a concise format.



Listen to Johannes discuss "HTML5: Risky Business or Hidden Security Tool Chest for Mobile Web App Authentication" in this SANS webcast.

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