University of Phoenix® College of Security and Criminal Justice today announced the reappointment of two of the college's deans to leadership positions within ASIS International, the world's leading security management organization. Dr. Linda Florence, CPP, vice president and dean of specialized programs, has been reappointed as the President of the ASIS Foundation Board of Trustees, a position she has held since 2013. Assistant Dean Charles Andrews, CPP, will remain the ASIS International Regional Vice President for the State of Texas, a position he was appointed to in 2012.

"ASIS International is committed to preparing today's security workforce with the skill sets and expertise necessary for success in this rapidly-changing industry," said David C. Davis, CPP, president of ASIS International. "University of Phoenix shares in this mission, and Deans Florence and Andrews are passionate advocates for the security profession. We are grateful to have their continued leadership and support in helping us to propel the industry forward by remaining industry leaders through maintaining ASIS board certifications."

In 2015, ASIS International and University of Phoenix collaborated to develop and provide leading-edge, industry-aligned education and training opportunities to security professionals. The Enterprise Security Competency Model, a first of its kind, allows employers of all sizes to accurately define the core skills and competencies required for security management positions, ensuring a clear path to education, training and ultimately, competency to address 21st century security risks. The ASIS Foundation and the University of Phoenix have also worked together over the past five years to award scholarships to prospective students to pursue undergraduate or master's degrees at University of Phoenix to help further their professional development.

"ASIS International's commitment to advancing the security industry is aligned with University of Phoenix's mission to educate and train professionals to meet today's security challenges," said Maj. Gen. James "Spider" Marks (ret.), executive dean for University of Phoenix College of Security and Criminal Justice. "Deans Florence and Andrews are some of the best and brightest security professionals in the country, and will no doubt do great things through their leadership roles within such an important organization."

ASIS International is the leading organization for security management professionals worldwide with members in more than 140 countries. The organization works with University of Phoenix to help prepare security professionals for the challenges presented by the expansion of the security industry, which has an estimated $410 billion annual market in the United States alone. 1

About ASIS Foundation

The ASIS Foundation is the non-profit arm of ASIS International (ASIS), the leading organization for security management professionals worldwide. Dedicated to the advancement of the security profession through academic scholarships and high-quality, contemporary research, the Foundation empowers security management practitioners and students pursuing a career in the field to excel and achieve their goals. Foundation programs are supported solely by contributions from individuals, ASIS chapters, and other organizations who share its vision of professional excellence.

About ASIS International

ASIS International (ASIS) is the largest membership organization for security management professionals that crosses industry sectors, embracing every discipline along the security spectrum from operational to cybersecurity. Founded in 1955, ASIS is dedicated to increasing the effectiveness of security professionals at all levels.

Through hundreds of chapters across the globe, ASIS develops and delivers board certifications and industry standards, hosts networking opportunities, publishes the award-winning Security Management magazine, and offers educational programs, including the Annual Seminar and Exhibits—the security industry's most influential event. Whether providing thought leadership through the CSO Roundtable for the industry's most senior executives or advocating before business, government, or the media, ASIS is focused on advancing the profession, and ensuring that the security community has access to intelligence, resources, and technology needed within the business enterprise.

About the College of Security and Criminal Justice

University of Phoenix® College of Security and Criminal Justice continues the University's original mission when it began serving working professionals such as police officers more than 30 years ago. The College offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs that provide the skills needed to develop the next generation of leaders in the security and criminal justice fields. Students are supported by faculty members who are experts and leaders in their fields, and can connect with students and professionals through online and campus networking opportunities. The College of Security and Criminal Justice's Faculty Advisory Council reviews trends and helps keep curriculum on pace with national and international market demands. For more information, visit

About University of Phoenix

University of Phoenix is constantly innovating to help working adults move efficiently from education to careers in a rapidly changing world. Flexible schedules, relevant and engaging courses, and interactive learning can help students more effectively pursue career and personal aspirations while balancing their busy lives. As a subsidiary of Apollo Education Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: APOL), University of Phoenix serves a diverse student population, offering associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs from campuses and learning centers across the U.S. as well as online throughout the world. For more information, visit

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