Meet Faculty Members New to Champlain

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Three new full-time faculty members with a diverse range of teaching and work experiences have arrived from various areas of the country to start their teaching careers at Champlain College. In addition to new faculty appointments and promotions, they are thrilled to embrace their new roles and get in the classroom. The new faculty members are:

Cheryl Casey

Cheryl Casey, Assistant Professor, Communication, CCM. Cheryl Casey comes to Champlain from Hamilton College, where she taught for five years in the communication department. She earned a M.A. and Ph.D. in media ecology from New York University. Cheryl also serves on executive boards and committees for both state and regional associations of communication scholars and professionals. This fall, Cheryl will be teaching Media & Society and Communication & Ethics as an assistant professor in the media communication program.

Aaron Lawry

 Aaron Lawry, Assistant Professor, Marketing, SSB. Dr. C. Aaron Lawry studied Retailing and Consumer Sciences at the University of Arizona. After graduating from UA this year, Aaron immediately drove (with his two dogs) 2,600 miles from Arizona to Vermont. Aaron is a consumer researcher, and he consults with retail technology firms and digital marketers on creating new products, services and psychographics. Previously, he was a successful interactive copywriter in New York City. He will teach Consumer Behavior (MKT 210), Marketing Research (MKT 255) and Event Marketing (MKT 315) in the fall.

William Crane, Associate Professor, Graduate Program Director, Digital Forensics, ITS. Bill Crane has a 40-plus year background in law enforcement with the majority of it being in the area of fraud, white-collar crime, and computer forensics. After serving four years in the Marines, he became a U.S. Border Patrol Agent in El Centro, California. After three years of that, he transferred into the U.S. Immigration Service, as a Special Agent. He then served in a variety of U.S. law-enforcement roles including three years as a Nazi War Crimes investigator with the Department of Justice.

William Crane

In 1987, Crane transferred to the U.S. State Department where he served in a management role within the Investigations Unit of the Office of the Inspector General. It was during his State Department tenure that he became involved in computer forensics and ultimately served as the sole computer forensic examiner for the department's worldwide operations. Things have changed a lot since then and there is now a large team of examiners doing that work.

Crane retired from the Federal Government in 1997 and accepted a position with the National White Collar Crime Center ( where he headed up the computer forensics training program. NW3C is Federally-funded with a mission to provide a variety of services to U.S. State and local law enforcement. NW3C also provides training for federal agents and Crane had the honor to teach at the FBI Academy on a number of occasions.

The NW3C position led to a three-year job in England, doing similar work for the College of Policing ( That eventually led to another three-year assignment with the New Zealand Police (, as Operations Manager of their digital forensics lab program, which he completed in June of 2011. Upon returning to the U.S., Crane did a bit of eDiscovery work in Florida, some teaching at the Defense Cyber Crime Center (, and served as an online adjunct professor for the University of California at Irvine.

Crane has now fulfilled a long-time desire of joining the faculty at Champlain College, where he has a history of working with the Digital Forensics program dating back to its earliest days when he presented NW3C's 'Cybercop 101' at the College more than eight years ago.

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