Francia selected to join the University of West Florida’s Cybersecurity faculty

The University of West Florida has selected Guillermo A. Francia, III, Ph.D., to join the faculty in the area of Cybersecurity in September. He brings more than 20 years of higher education experience in teaching and research in computer science to the position.

Dr. Francia currently serves as Distinguished Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center of Information Security and Assurance at Jacksonville State University in Alabama. He joined the faculty of the university in 1994 as an Assistant Professor. Previously, he was chairman of the Computer Science department at Kansas Wesleyan University.

In 2016, he received a US-UK Cyber Security Fulbright Research Award that enabled him to conduct research in 2017 on critical infrastructure security and protection at Imperial College London. In 2006, he lectured on cyber security topics at the University of Malta and Malta College of Arts and Sciences in Malta on a Fulbright award.

Dr. Francia earned his bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Mapua Institute of Technology in the Philippines. He received his master’s degree and doctorate in Computer Science from New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology.