Vice Admiral Kohler ’83 Meets With Information Systems/Decisions Sciences Students

Posted on 11/15/2019 2:34:20 PM

Vice Admiral Matthew J. Kohler, deputy chief of Naval Operations for Information Warfare/director of Naval Intelligence, served as the keynote speaker for the Cyber Security Symposium held on November 7, 2019, on the IUP campus. 

Cyber Security Symposium, Vice Admiral Matthew Kohler '83, Keynote Speaker, November 7, 2019During his visit to IUP, Vice Admiral Kohler, a 1983 graduate of the Management Information Systems Department, had the opportunity to spend time with students, faculty, and administrators of the Eberly College of Business and Information Technology.

The students, faculty, and administration appreciated the opportunity to learn more about Vice Admiral Kohler’s career path and enjoyed the Q&A session included in the program.  

“Vice Admiral Kohler gave us the unique opportunity to see the link between Management Information Systems and the US Armed Forces, and he gave insight onto a side of life that many of us would never experience,” said ISDS major Jake Pascarella. “He was very insightful about the advantages and challenges of his position and was very interested in making sure we were able to ask whatever questions we had. I think he’s a great example of the opportunities available to us upon graduation at IUP.” 

Cyber Security Symposium November 7, 2019Another ISDS major, Graeme Camp, was honored to meet with Vice Admiral Kohler. “This was such a great experience for us to meet privately with someone at his level and learn about some aspects of cyber security and the Navy.  This was a unique experience, and I appreciated learning about him and how he has worked his way through various position in the Navy.”

“What really stood out to me during our meeting with the vice admiral was how he encouraged us to take some time and understand the situation you are working with before you make any major changes to the technology of the job,” said Edward Pykosh, ISDS major. “He also encouraged the students to strive for a challenge and not settle for something easy.”

Biography of Vice Admiral Matthew J. Kohler


A native of Erie, Pennsylvania, Vice Adm. Matthew Kohler graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1983 and was commissioned as a naval intelligence officer in 1984 through the Aviation Officer Candidate School.  Kohler holds master’s degrees in computer science from the US Naval Postgraduate School and in military history from the US Army Command and General Staff College.

Cyber Security Symposium, November 7, 2019 Group with Vice Admiral Matthew Kohler '83As an intelligence officer, he deployed worldwide supporting combat operations in numerous aircraft carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups.  His early staff tours include US Naval Forces Europe, Bureau of Naval Personnel, Joint Warfare Analysis Center, US Special Operations Command, and Joint Interagency Task Force South.

Kohler has served in fleet, interagency, and combatant command leadership positions as an information warfare officer since his promotion to admiral, including director of intelligence, US Africa Command; deputy director of Naval Intelligence; deputy commander, Fleet Cyber Command/US 10th Fleet; and deputy chief of Tailored Access Operations, National Security Agency. The US Navy’s Information Warfare Type Command was established during his most recent assignment as commander, Naval Information Forces.

He assumed duties as deputy chief of naval operations for Information Warfare and as the 67th director of Naval Intelligence in June 2018. 

Kohler is the recipient of various personal, unit, and campaign awards, including the Edwin T. Layton Leadership Award, Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal (four awards), Legion of Merit (three awards), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal.