New President Takes the Reins at National Intelligence University

Change_9DIA Director Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, USMC, presided at the formal change of Presidency as Dr. David R. Ellison (left) transferred the authority, responsibility, and accountability for NIU to Dr. J. Scott Cameron on Friday, 25 August 2017. (NIU photo)

The arrival of new students on campus is an exciting time for any university, but for National Intelligence University (NIU) the start of the 2017-2018 academic year marked a particularly important inflection point in the school’s evolution. On Friday, 25 August, Dr. J. Scott Cameron became the 18th leader of the institution since it was established in 1962, and he is the third to hold the title of President.

“It’s not every day that we welcome both a new president and a new class – we are starting a new chapter at NIU,” said DIA Director Lt. Gen. Vincent R. Stewart during his keynote remarks to a full-house audience of students, faculty, IC leaders, family and friends at the IC Campus-Bethesda auditorium.
“I especially want to challenge the Class of 2018,” Stewart continued, because “as the first full class at the new campus, you have the opportunity to set the standard for all the classes that follow.” To the faculty and staff, Stewart offered, “this is your chance to leverage the full capabilities of this new campus to shape the curriculum in creative new ways.”

Dr. Cameron brings extensive national security, intelligence and higher education experience to his new role as National Intelligence University president. Before joining NIU, Dr. Cameron served at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) since its inaugural year of 2004, and spent 14 years in academic leadership roles at Washington State University from 1986-2000. He the first leader in the school’s 55-years who comes to the role from outside the military or the Department of Defense.

“I am confident he will bring fresh ideas and fresh perspectives to NIU” said Director Stewart.