Cybersecurity expert to give Gordon Sherman Lecture

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Matthew Masterson, senior security advisor for the Department of Homeland Security‘s cybersecurity unit, will speak on Monday, March 25, at 4 p.m. at the Auburn Alumni Center as the Gordon Sherman Lecturer. The Gordon Sherman lecture is presented by Auburn University’s Master of Public Administration Program. The lecture and reception (which will follow the talk), kick off Public Service Week at Auburn University, and are free and open to the public. 

At the Department of Homeland Security, Masterson focuses on election security issues. Previously, Masterson served as a commissioner at the United States Election Assistance Commission from December 2014 until March 2018, including serving as the Commission’s Chairman in 2017-2018. Masterson was nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in late 2014. Masterson has additionally held various positions within the Ohio secretary of state’s office, where he managed voting system certification procedures and led the development of online voter registry and ballot delivery platforms for military and overseas voters. He is widely regarded as an expert on elections administration throughout the country. 

During the lecture, Masterson will discuss cybersecurity, election administration, and his experience as a public servant.  

“We are very excited that Mr. Masterson will serve as our Gordon Sherman Lecturer this spring. Given his extensive experience as a public servant, we believe he has a lot to share with our students, the University, and the greater Auburn community,” said Dr. Bridgett King, Director of the Master of Public Administration Program and assistant professor in the Department of Political Science.   

Masterson graduated from The University of Dayton School of Law, where he served as Chief Justice of the Moot Court program and Student Bar Association Vice President. Prior to law school, Masterson received BS and BA degrees from Miami University in Oxford, OH.

The Gordon Sherman Lecture Series is sponsored by an endowment established by Sherman, a 1957 alumnus of Auburn University. Sherman served as Southeastern Regional Commissioner of the U.S. Social Security Administration for more than 23 years where he was responsible for the supervision, coordination, leadership and administration of the social security program. His dedication to public service led him to endow a lecture series for the Master of Public Administration program to bring distinguished practitioners to campus to give public lectures and meet with MPA students in informal settings. This annual lecture, which includes a reception open to the community, provides useful insights and offers role models for the MPA students.

For more information about the Sherman lecture, contact Dr. Bridgett A. King, MPA Program Director at (334) 844-6301 or or Ms. Elizabeth Anderson, Program Assistant at (334) 844-7368 or

Last Updated: March 07, 2019