Joe Scherrer

Joe Scherrer

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

Sever Institute

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Doctor of Liberal Arts, Washington University in St. Louis, 2023 (projected)
MS, Business Administration, Boston University
MS, Information Systems Management, Air Force Institute of Technology
MS, National Security Studies, Naval War College
MS, Strategic Studies, Air War College
BS, Electrical Engineering, Washington University in St. Louis


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.