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Lisa Schlosser '86

Lisa Schlosser '86In 1983, Lisa Schlosser heard about ROTC scholarships available at IUP. After applying for and receiving the scholarship, she transferred to IUP from Seton Hill College as a sophomore Political Science major.

Ms. Schlosser fondly recalls many of her professors, particularly Dorothy Palmer ’57 of the Political Science Department, who encouraged and supported her while she was at IUP.

“During what was supposed to be my last semester, I realized that I didn’t have enough credits to graduate,” she said.

At that time, Political Science students were required to have a minor, so Ms. Palmer took the time to work with Ms. Schlosser to help her earn the necessary credits she needed to obtain the minor.

After graduating in 1986, she began her service as a military intelligence officer in the U.S. Army. When she heard that the Army had started a relatively new section overseeing computer security, she joined the unit.

“It seemed like an interesting new area to pursue,” Ms. Schlosser said. “Computer security was surfacing as a critical area of focus at that time, and it was the perfect opportunity to take advantage of an emerging technical field.”

Ms. Schlosser served on active duty until 1992 and recently retired as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army Reserves.

Following her military career, she worked as vice president, Business Operations and Incident Response Services, for Global Integrity and as senior manager for Ernst & Young, LLP.

She recently served as chief information officer, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development; associate chief information officer/chief information security officer, U.S. Department of Transportation; and associate chief information officer for IT Security, U.S. Department of Transportation.

Ms. Schlosser now serves as a senior executive with the federal government in Washington, D.C.

In addition to her work in the federal government, Ms. Schlosser is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

“In the field of information technology, it is critical to continuously learn,” she says. “Serving as an instructor at Georgetown allows me to keep current with emerging trends, while passing on my knowledge to the next generation.”

Ms. Schlosser currently lives in Virginia and is the daughter of Jim and Nancy Schlosser. She still considers Pittsburgh as her hometown, saying, “You can never leave Pittsburgh completely. I still have my Steelers’ season tickets.”

When she reflects on her career, Ms. Schlosser credits the IUP ROTC program and her learning experience there as the keys to her success. “IUP opened the door to unlimited future potential for me—I am so honored to have had the opportunity to attend IUP.” 

Profile published on 6/11/13

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