Gary Packard, Jr., PhD

Gary Packard, Jr., PhD

Dean, College of Applied Science and Technology
Senior Administrator, Sierra Vista Branch Campus
Portrait of Dean Gary Packard, Jr


Conflict in Cyber Talk
Gary Packard introduces Jason Denno

Monday, March 13, 1 p.m.

Surround Stage


The Cyber Team of Teams Panel Discussion

Monday, March 13, 2:30 p.m.

Surround Stage

GARY & JASON'S TALK, Conflict in Cyber

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Everyone lives, works, and plays in cyber space. However, unseen dangers lurk in the cloud that connect you, your device, and your information with the rest of the world, and cyber professionals entering the workplace need stronger skills. See how competent professionals are being educated and trained at the #1 undergraduate cyber program in the nation. Through paradigm breaking approaches to education, the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) and Cyber Convergence Center (C3) are using hybrid active learning to develop cyber professionals capable of keeping you safe in the cyber world. 

PANEL DISCUSSION, The Cyber Team of Teams

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The Cyber Team of Teams – Understanding the challenges and opportunities of the technology infused world of today and the future can be overwhelming, no matter your point of view. Artificial intelligence, big data, the internet of things, the metaverse and cyberspace can be confusing and costly. To thrive in this complex world requires a team of teams working together to build the tools we all need to safely navigate and create in the digital verse. This panel of experts from government, academia, and industry will share their insights on thriving in the cyber world we live in today. Moderated by the Dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) at the University of Arizona, the panel will share their insights through guided discussion along with your questions.


Dr. Gary Packard, Jr. is the founding dean of the College of Applied Science and Technology (CAST) at the University of Arizona, Sierra Vista. In this role, Gary leads the university's fastest-growing college in the development and implementation of a broad strategic vision for growing the college's programs at all levels.

A retired brigadier general with a career spanning over 37 years as an Air Force officer, Gary served as a pilot, instructor pilot, evaluator, deployed director of staff, operations officer, and commander. He finished his flying career with over 3,900 hours in military aircraft. In addition, Gary also served nearly 20 years at the United States Air Force Academy as an instructor, permanent professor, department head, and vice dean. Gary served at the Pentagon as a writer on the influential 2010 Department of Defense study that led to the repeal of Don't Ask, Don't Tell.  

Gary earned a doctorate in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, focusing on social network influences on leadership and professional military development for cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy. In addition, he has a master's degree in Counseling from Michigan State University, a master's degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, and a bachelor of science degree in Behavioral Science from the United States Air Force Academy.