Joe Scherrer

Joe Scherrer

Executive Director, Henry Edwin Sever Institute Director, Cybersecurity Strategic Initiative Program Director, Graduate Studies in Cybersecurity Management

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Doctor of Liberal Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, 2021 (projected)

Graduate Certificate in Executive & Professional Coaching, University of Texas at Dallas, 2014

MA, Air War College, 2011
MA, Naval War College, 2003
MS, Air Force Institute of Technology, 1998
MS, Boston University, 1995
BS, Washington University in St. Louis, 1989


Co-authored and led the team that developed the nation's first National Military Strategy for Cyberspace Operations


Joe Scherrer is an executive and leadership coach and business growth strategist as well as the author of The Leadership Forge: 50 Fire-Tested Insights to Solve Your Toughest Problems, Care for Your People, and Get Great Results.

Following a distinguished 24-year career as a leader and information technology and cybersecurity innovator with the US Air Force, culminating as the commander of the Air Force’s only combat coded deployable communications wing, he retired as a Colonel and returned to his home town of St. Louis. Scherrer now operates as comprehensive leadership adviser and consultant in such areas as strategy development, decision making and problem-solving, leading organizations, cybersecurity leadership, entrepreneurial start-up mentoring, and stress resilience.

Scherrer is a native St. Louisan and an avid Cardinals and Blues fan. He enjoys cycling, to include the occasional race.