Senior Director of IRM College

Listen September 7th and September 9th

Dr. Robert D. Childs
Senior Director
IRM College

On March 5, 1999 Dr. Childs was selected to be Director of the IRM College. Under his leadership the college has become the national leader in providing graduate learning experiences in Information Assurance, Chief Information Officer and “E” Government to all federal employees. He established Centers of Excellence for Education in E-government and Information Assurance while expanding the number of institutions offering cooperative masters and Ph.D. degrees and increasing international and industry participation in programs.

Dr. Childs became Dean of Faculty and Academic Programs at the Information Resources Management College on October 1, 1991. As Dean he spearheaded the upgrading of college faculty and programs, steered the college into a consortium with the Defense Acquisition University, conceptualized and implemented a 10-month program on Information Warfare and Strategy, guided development of the Chief Information Officer Program, and secured cooperative masters programs with leading civilian institutions.


Commissioned into the Air Force, his first assignment was Chief, Instructor Training, at the School of Applied Aerospace Sciences-Denver, Colorado. Later he participated in founding the Community College of the Air Force and served as Director, Associations and Institutions of Higher Education . He then was selected for the Air Staff Training Program (ASTRA), serving as Director, Precommissioning Programs, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Military Personnel Policy. During 1976, he became the Director of Plans and Program Analysis at the Air Command and Staff College. In 1978 he was selected as Commandant, Air Force Systems Command Noncommissioned Officers Academy and Leadership School where he initiated a major redirection of the curriculum to strengthen managerial responsibilities being given to noncommissioned officers and oversaw major renovations of all academic and resident living facilities.

In 1980 he was selected as a Senior Research Fellow at National Defense University and in 1981 graduated from National War College. From 1981 to 1983, he served as Director of the Air Force Leadership and Motivation Directorate, where he initiated the first major review of the enlisted professional military education system.

He became the Director of Academic Plans and Policy, National Defense University, where he authored the DoD Wide Joint Professional Military Education Curriculum and Standards and managed the reorganization of the University. He was selected for an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship in 1989 and served as the assistant to the President and Provost at George Mason University.

He serves on a number of committees and boards: the American Council on Education’s Council of Fellows; Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies Board of Visitors; The Information Resource Management Association Board of Advisors and International Curriculum Committee; Armed Forces Communication and Education Association Technical Committee; and the eGovernment Program Advisory Board. In 2001 and 2002 he was a “Federal 100” Award winner.

Dr. Childs earned a Bachelor of Science from Grove City College, a Master of Arts from Duke University and a Doctorate from Denver University. He is a graduate of the National War College and Air Command and Staff College and attended the Advanced Management Program at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.