Nov. 26, 2008
Sam Clovis Jr., professor and chair of business and economics at Morningside College, continues to be a national player when it comes to homeland security issues. He recently has worked with national leaders on re-writing homeland security legislation related to immigration policy, has written a paper that was featured in a homeland security journal and has presented a keynote lecture on homeland security for the Department of Homeland Security-sponsored master’s degree program in Monterey, Calif.
Clovis was asked this summer to join the Project for National Security Reform working group. The project’s focus is writing legislation to overhaul the National Security Act of 1947, and it is chaired by people like Newt Gingrich, former speaker of the House, and Brent Scowcroft, former national security advisor. Clovis is the sole academic working on the homeland security material.
In addition to that project, Clovis had a paper published in the Homeland Security Affairs Journal in October. The paper, “Promises Unfulfilled: The sub-optimization of homeland security national preparedness,” examines how a lot of policy coming out of Washington has been focused on assumptions regarding national preparedness that are false, and it offers an alternative to these assumptions, as well as an analysis of what type of thinking needs to be done to move forward on this issue.
Clovis also gave the keynote lecture at the latest matriculation for the Department of Homeland Security-sponsored master’s program that is conducted at the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. During the lecture, he spoke to senior-level first responders from around the country about federalism and intergovernmental relations as they relate to homeland security public policy. He will give the same keynote lecture to the school’s executive program in February.
Clovis has been affiliated with the Homeland Security Institute (HSI) in Arlington, Va., since 2004. The HSI is a congressionally chartered, federally-funded research and development center that supports the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the homeland security mission. Currently as a fellow for the HSI, Clovis is part of a group of experts providing analyses and advice on homeland security issues, particularly those requiring scientific, technical and analytical expertise.
Clovis began teaching at Morningside in 2005. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado, a master’s degree in business from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, Calif., and a doctorate in public administration from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.