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Richard Bansley

Associate Professor, Executive Director for the Center of Cyber Excellence


  • M.S., Information Security, Norwich University
  • B.S., Business Administration, Husson University


Discipline: Computer Science


Richard Bansley earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Husson University, graduating Magna Cum Laude, and a Master of Science in Information Security from Norwich University, graduating with High Honors. Prior to joining Liberty University’s School of Engineering and Computational Sciences full-time in January 2016, Mr. Bansley taught as an adjunct professor at Liberty and served as an online subject matter expert and instructor.

Mr. Bansley serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Cyber Excellence, the online Program Director for Cybersecurity, as well as a professor for the residential network architecture, computer security, and information assurance courses. He provides continued instructor support for the online undergraduate Information Security and Cybersecurity courses at Liberty University.

Mr. Bansley served over 20 years in the United States Navy as a Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) specialist. He performed his duties at various shore commands throughout the world and deployed aboard shipborne, airborne, and submarine platforms to conduct Electronic Warfare (EW), Electronic Intelligence (ELINT) reconnaissance, analysis, and training. As a Navy instructor, he developed course curriculum and taught joint service computerized SIGINT collection and analysis techniques, earning a Navy Master Training Specialist certification. During his Navy service, Mr. Bansley achieved the rank of Chief Petty Officer, earned his Naval Aircrew wings, and was awarded multiple commendations and medals.

Upon retiring from the Navy, Mr. Bansley worked as a project manager and senior staff engineer for multiple space and defense and other federal government customers. He served at a community bank designing and implementing information security programs to support multiple federal, state, and industry regulatory compliance regimens as a security engineer, and then as the Vice President, IT Department Head.  He conducted industrial system security engineering, information security program management, and project management activities at an international paper manufacturing company prior to serving as a program manager within the Liberty University IT Department.

Mr. Bansley is married to Charla and together they have five sons and one grandchild. He is an active member of a local church and serves as a mentor for other men in the church and local community. He is a member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon computer science honor society, maintains membership in ISACA and SANS where he maintains the GCIH and GRID certifications.

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