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Christopher Shannon

Christopher Shannon

Virginia Institute of Government

Christopher Shannon's Biography

Dr. (Lieutenant Colonel (retired)) Christopher Shannon has 35 plus years of experience in leading, supervising, managing, training, evaluating, and in various administrative positions. Additionally, he has experience in aircraft maintenance, space satellite systems technology, and various other military and non-military-related academic education and training roles. He is currently an Assistant Professor of Leadership, Ethics & Profession of Arms at the Air University, Global College of Professional Military Education. He is the Department Chair, Course Instructor/Facilitator, and Course Director in both the traditional and online classrooms.

Prior to his current role, he was an Associate Director for the Institute for Leadership Development and Lecturer at Troy University, Troy, Alabama. Before joining the Troy University faculty in 2012, Dr. Shannon served 28 years in the United States Air Force, including four years of enlisted service before earning his officer commission. His service in the Air Force took him to various countries and locations in the US, which broadened his exposure to different cultural settings. He has earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, a Master of Art in Management, a Master of Military Operational Art and Science, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Law.

He and his wife, Jerdie, are from Clarksdale, Mississippi, and they have three sons and seven grandkids. His love for God, family, and country keeps him focused on being a positive influence in the lives of others.