Frank Kesterman – 2014 FAC Representative


Position: Graduate Adelphi
Division: UMUC Adelphi
Category: Adjunct
Program: Homeland Security


I have been an adjunct professor of homeland security and cybersecurity in UMUC’s Graduate School of Management and Technology since 2007, teaching a master’s level course in Homeland Security Management Concepts at UMUC. This course covers modules in homeland/national security policy, radical Islam, critical infrastructure protection, weapons of mass destruction, intelligence structure, the Patriot Act, border security, cybersecurity, and counter-terrorism technology.

I earned an EdD from George Washington University, an MBA from American University, and a BS from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. I am a licensed CPA in Maryland.

I represented the Graduate School on the Adjunct Faculty Association in “meet and confer” deliberations with the UMUC Administration, 2013–2014.

I have held senior-level positions in many government offices, including the CFO’s office of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Management and Budget, and the Treasury Department. I have been awarded two prestigious Hammer awards—one from the Vice President of the United States, and one from the Secretary of the Treasury. I have published more than 50 papers on various topics: nuclear power, education, finance, homeland security, and risk management.

In 2012, I was appointed to ODNI’s Intelligence Community Analyst-Private Sector Partnership Program for International Banking and Finance, with a focus on anti-money laundering on the Internet. I have served on InfraGard’s Board of Directors for the National Capital Region since 2007, and I am a 2008 Graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. I participated in the Aspen Institute’s National Security Aspen Forums (2012, 2013) and I have been a member of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance (INSA) since 2009.

Nomination Essay

As an elected member of the Adjunct Faculty Association (AFA) and the only AFA representative of the UMUC Graduate School, I believe there should be a closer meeting of the minds across the FAC mission and the AFA mission that is evolving. The meet and confer process that I am part of will no doubt deepen FAC's understanding of the issues facing the Adjunct Faculty who teach 89 percent of the students graduating from UMUC. The teaching faculty is very close to the student body, and that relationship represents UMUC's reputation and future. I represent that teaching faculty perspective. I have more than ten years of master's level teaching experience, including six at UMUC where I have been teaching three to five classes a year.

I believe I have some special skills that should be of value to FAC. I received my EdD in higher education administration in 2005 from George Washington University. My 180-page dissertation, "Student Loan Borrowing in America," is often quoted in discussions of the student loan debt crisis. My experience and skills in finance and auditing as a CPA and MBA qualify me for FAC duties involving budget issues.