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Biden to appoint Drake State president to national infrastructure panel

HUNTSVILLE – President Biden has announced his intention to appoint Dr. Patricia G. Sims, president of Drake State Community & Technical College, to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council.

Drake State President Dr. Patricia Sims is named to the National Infrastructure Advisory Council. (Drake State photo)

The NIAC advises the White House on how to reduce physical and cyber risks and improve the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure sectors. Sims is the only Alabama representative among the 26 industry and government leaders on the council.

“It’s an honor to be asked to serve on this much-needed council,” said Sims. “Our work at Drake State is always about improving the lives of individuals for the betterment of our community.

“We address workforce needs in key areas of technology and health care that play a role in cyber security and disaster preparedness.”

Since its establishment in 2001, the NIAC has conducted studies to address issues such as improving intelligence information-sharing; complex cyber risks;  disruptions; facilitating cooperative decision-making during imminent threats and disaster responses; and addressing the skills gaps and loss of institutional knowledge in national workforces.

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