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John Sherman (M.A. ’96)

Sherman, Pentagon’s tech leader, to leave post for Texas A&M
By Cary O’Reilly
Jun 6, 2024, 11:48 AM

The Pentagon’s chief information officer will step down from his position at the end of June, the department announced Thursday.

John Sherman will leave the government gig to become dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University.

Sherman, who served for three years as the intelligence community’s CIO before moving to the Pentagon post in 2021, “has been a steadfast advisor and an innovative leader who has helped the Department adopt and utilize modern information technology to keep our country safe,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in the announcement. “His technical expertise has proven invaluable in tackling a variety of digital challenges. His focus on mission readiness has ensured that each of the services is equipped with both the capabilities and the digital workforce necessary for modern warfighting.”

Under Sherman, the Defense Department refocused its approach to communications technology, spectrum management, cybersecurity, and positioning, navigation and timing policy. He told Congress last year that the U.S. must “regenerate” its electronic warfare capabilities after years of neglect to ensure dominance on the battlefield.

“As we get ready for China, we better be able to fight and dominate” the electromagnetic spectrum, he told the House Cyber, Information Technologies, and Innovation Subcommittee at a March 2023 hearing on defense in the digital era.

“As we’ve seen on the Ukrainian battlefield — all the dynamics with [electromagnetic spectrum operations], of how the Russians are trying to use it, and the Ukrainians are using it — we cannot be cut off on this, to be able to make sure we can conduct combat operations,” Sherman said.

Sherman was also a strong backer of cybersecurity practices known as zero trust, which he said could have prevented leaks including the 2022 disclosure of the classified reports by a 21-year-old member of the Massachusetts Air National Guard, if they had been fully instituted at the time.

“I am grateful for Mr. Sherman’s loyal service to the Department and to our Nation,” Austin said in the statement. “Our national security is stronger today because of his efforts.”

Sherman, who has also held senior positions in the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, will start in his new role Aug. 1, the university said in a statement.

He’s a distinguished military graduate of Texas A&M with a bachelor’s degree in history. While at the university, he was a Ross volunteer, which performs honor guard duties, and served as commander of the Corps of Cadets. He also earned a Master of Public Administration from the University of Houston.

After graduating from Texas A&M, Sherman was an air defense officer in the U.S. Army’s 24th Infantry Division.

Maj. Gen. (ret) Barrye Price (’85)

Maj. Gen. (ret) Barrye Price (’85)
Maj Gen (ret) Barrye Price (’85), author of several books, wrote a screenplay about Martin Luther King titled “Interview with a King”. The screenplay is now an animated short-film that’s entered in numerous film festivals. You can view the trailer.
Price’s journey started at military college before he transferred to the University of Houston, where he attended what was then known as the College of Business Administration.
“After a season in a military school, where you’re outside every day for formation in the dead of winter, I remember one winter day freezing, standing, saying ‘Man, I’ll be in Houston next year. There won’t be any of this this type of weather,’” Price said.
After graduating in 1985, Price served in the United States Army, earning the rank of Major General, one of just 150 in the entire branch. After retiring in 2016 with countless honors and designations, Price again turned his focus to serving others through leadership in a new role.
“My roommate my last three years of college, Carl, was exposed to crack cocaine by his girlfriend and unfortunately, he was addicted and suffered from substance use disorder for 30 years,” Price said. “A year before I retired, Carl succumbed to addiction, and that was probably the greatest failing of my life my feeling that I couldn’t help him. All I was armed with was ‘just say no.’”
Price now serves as the President and CEO of the non-profit Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), an organization that emphasizes the power of community coalitions to prevent substance misuse through collaborative community efforts.
“Carl’s picture sits on my desk right now every day as a reminder of what I’m doing right now,” Price said. “I was ill-equipped to help my roommate, but since I couldn’t help him, I decided to take this job so that I might help scores of others who are similarly suited, and it’s been the most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life today.”
Price also lends his service to his alma mater, actively involved with Bauer College as a donor and mentor.
“When my wife died, I wanted to create a legacy to immortalize her, and so the thing that I thought of, especially since her parents and her family were all from Houston, was to gift the school and create a memorial scholarship in her name,” he said. “That has been a remarkable opportunity for me to re-engage with the school and for me to see the difference in the school.”
Price continues to build on this legacy by connecting with current Bauer students to share the perspective and wisdom he’s earned through his personal journey, most recently become active in connecting with students in the Bauer in D.C. Fellowship Program.
“I’ve just recently connected with some students who are here in Washington, D.C., and I want to be a part of the sowing of the new seeds of paying it forward to the next generation,” he said. “I want to show them that a part of growing up and becoming a leader is to give back.”

Jeanne Clerc (Ed. D. ’83)

Dr. Clerc is now retired in Roanoke, VA. She spent her career in higher education after graduating from the University of Houston. Most of the time was in higher education administration as a dean, associate provost, etc. Her last position was at Western Illinois University where she returned to teaching in Health Sciences as a professor.

Jeanne Clerc (Ed.D. ’83)

I am now retired in Roanoke, VA. I spent my career in higher education after graduating from the University of Houston. Most of the time was in higher education administration as a dean, associate provost, etc. My last position was at Western Illinois University where I returned to teaching in Health Sciences as a professor.

James Alpert (’86)

James Alpert is a shareholder/owner of Posz Law, PLC, a patent preparation and prosecution law firm in the Washington, D.C. suburbs.

Dr. David Alan Baldwin (Ph.D.’82)

David Alan Baldwin, Ph.D., 64, died unexpectedly on May 20, 2020, in Beaufort, SC. He was a physical scientist based in Annandale, VA, with a second residence in Grays Hill, SC. Born in 1955 in Orangeburg, SC, he was the son of the former David E. and Alice S. Baldwin of Hampton and subsequently Beaufort, SC. He graduated from Wade Hampton High School and then received a B.S. in physical chemistry from Furman University and Ph.D. in physical chemistry from the University of Houston. He held a NRC postdoctoral fellowship at the Naval Research Lab in Washington, DC, prior to beginning his career in research and development primarily in manufacturing companies. He owned his own consulting firm, Dielectric Alloys, LLC, was a founder of Great Ball of Light, Inc., and at the time of his death, he was employed by SP Global, Inc., in Gaithersburg, MD. He had a phenomenal array of technical competencies that included semiconductor fabrication, surface science, and sensors and measurement theory among many others. Among his career accomplishments were over 15 patents and 40 research publications. He was a member of Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Annandale, VA, and the People of Praise Christian Community. He became a wedding officiant in 2018. He loved gardening, yard maintenance, and reading, he could fix anything, and he could worry a solution out of any problem. He will be remembered for his larger-than-life personality, humor, deep Catholic faith, brilliance, and great love of family, friends, and all of life. He is survived by his wife Patricia H. Baldwin, sons David Y. and John V. Baldwin, daughter Katherine S. Baldwin-Gray (Dorian Gray), brother Gary J. Baldwin (Maria), and sisters Carole C. and Camille L. Baldwin. A funeral Mass will be held at 1:30 PM on Thursday May 28, 2020, at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Lady’s Island, Beaufort, SC. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to or


Christopher J. Fauser (’73)

Christopher Jon Fauser, 68, of Lynchburg, died Tuesday, April 28, 2020. He was born in Center, Texas on June 16, 1951. As a young boy, he lived in Bogota, Columbia for eight years with his family, while his father worked as a geophysicist for Exxon Mobil. Upon their return to the United States, Chris went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science at Houston University. Chris began working in the Telecommunications industry at Motorola and retired from Harris Corporation (formerly known as Com-Net Ericsson). Most recently, he was working as a federal sales consultant with Superior Communications. Chris enjoyed his morning routine of making coffee, picking up his three newspapers and reading them cover-to-cover. He loved his “Boonsboro family” at Boonsboro Country Club where he was an avid member for decades. He enjoyed golf, drinks, and fellowship with all of his good friends. Chris was loved by many for his sharp sense of humor, wit, bright smile, charm, and his genuine love for the people in his life, especially his daughter, Chapel Dee, whom he loved more than anything in the world. Chris is survived by Diana Danby and their daughter, Chapel Dee Fauser; his father, Walter B. Fauser Jr.; his siblings, Jeff Fauser (Camille), Jill Villasanti (Rene), Micheal Fauser (Tami), Eric Fauser (Zebedee), and Curt Fauser (Cathy); and his sixteen nieces and nephews. Chris was preceded in death by his mother, Joan E. Fauser. Chris is deeply loved by many and will forever be missed. Tharp Funeral Home & Crematory, Lynchburg, is assisting the family. To send condolences, please visit . To plant a tree in memory of Christopher Fauser as a living tribute, please visit Tribute Store .

Jason Hill (J.D. ’01)

Jason Hill has been appointed Chief Administrative Judge for the Interior Board of Land Appeals under U.S. Department of the Interior.

Umesh Verma (F.S. ’80)

Umesh Verma joined the American Diabetes Association (ADA) National Board of Directors as the Chairman of the Board January 1, 2020. More…

Caitlin C. Gunning (’16)

Caitlin Gunning is now Account Executive at Deltek in Herndon, VA. More…