Dr. Charles DeSassure is an innovative and collaborative leader with experience spanning higher education and the private sector.  He has worked with the University of the Cumberlands since 2018.

Dr. DeSassure has more than 20 years of progressive leadership experience at the community college level with extensive curriculum development, cybersecurity, and information assurance background.   Currently, Dr. DeSassure serves as dean of the Business and Information Technology (BIT) division at Rose State College in Midwest City, Oklahoma.   

Previously, he served as STEM dean at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Virginia. Earlier, he served Tarrant County College District in Fort Worth, Texas, and has experience as a tenured professor, department chair, program coordinator, and faculty association president.  Dr. DeSassure is one of the founding faculty of the cybersecurity program at Tarrant County College District and is the recipient of the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Award.  Before entering academia, Dr. DeSassure served ten years in information technology positions where he traveled nationwide addressing computer networking and security solutions for clients. 

Dr. DeSassure enjoys traveling and walking through the woods.

Post-Graduate Certificate, Higher Education and Administration, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 2021
Post Graduate Certificate, Advanced Computer Security, Stanford University, 2019
D.Sc., Cybersecurity and Information Assurance, Colorado Technical University, 2017
M.A., Computer Resources and Information Management, Webster University, 2000
B.S., Business Administration Management, Clalfin College, 1984

  • Cybersecurity
  • Networking