Norwich University names David Brigham ’88 and Jeffrey Harrington ’87 Co-Directors of the Center for Leadership

By NU Marketing & Communications Office

Norwich University is pleased to announce David Brigham, NU Class of ‘88 and Jeffrey Harrington, NU Class of ’87, as the new Co-Directors of the Norwich University Center for Leadership.

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Norwich University is pleased to announce David Brigham, NU Class of ‘88 and Jeffrey Harrington, NU Class of ’87, as the new Co-Directors of the Norwich University Center for Leadership. Jeffrey Harrington has also been named Professor of Practice by the Norwich School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. Brigham and Harrington will work with a team to develop curriculum, research best practices, disseminate training through workshops and conferences, and integrate the leadership academies (Government Service Leadership Academy and Global Leadership Academy) within the center. 

Brigham commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Field Artillery after graduation. As an artillery officer, Special Forces officer, and Foreign Area Officer, his career included service in Germany, Russia, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India. He eventually attained the rank of brigadier general. Following his retirement, Brigham served as the Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies’ African Military Education Program, which helps its African partner nations develop and improve their Professional Military Education institutions in sub-Saharan Africa. He is a 2004 graduate of the Naval War College (MS), a Harvard National Security fellow (2011-2012), a Center for Strategic Studies for International Studies fellow (2014-2015), and an MIT Seminar XXI fellow (2016- 2017). He is currently a doctoral student in strategic leadership studies at James Madison University.

Harrington is a veteran law enforcement officer with over 35 years of experience in both law enforcement and corrections. Over the course of his career, he has held positions of increasing responsibility to include police officer/deputy sheriff, traffic homicide investigator, detective, supervisor, and various positions as a commander. Harrington was formerly a Chief of Police in Florida and currently serves as the Chief Deputy (second in command with a rank of Colonel) at the Pasco Sheriff's Office, serving a community of over 650,000 residents.

He was a gubernatorial appointment to the Pasco Hernando State College District Board of Trustees and was appointed by the Florida Commissioner of Education to the Florida Criminal Justice Executive Institute as a policy board member. Harrington has taught as an adjunct faculty member in Florida at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Federal Executive Development Seminar and the National Executive Institute. He has Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Norwich University and a Ph.D. in Leadership from Capella University.

Norwich University Center for Leadership serves students, faculty, staff, alumni, and the local community through collaboration with military, public, private, and non-profit organizations to advance leadership through academic programs, research opportunities, scholarly publications, and professional outreach services.

Norwich University has been developing leaders for over 200 years through a broad array of academic programs.


Norwich University is a diversified academic institution that educates traditional-age students and adults in a Corps of Cadets and as civilians. Norwich offers a broad selection of traditional and distance-learning programs culminating in baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Norwich University was founded in 1819 by Captain Alden Partridge of the U.S. Army and is the oldest private military college in the United States of America. Norwich is one of our nation's six senior military colleges and the birthplace of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

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