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David B. Lasher

  • Adjunct Lecturer
    Political Science Program

My name is Brian Lasher. I am an Erie native and I am proud to be part of the Gannon faculty.

I am a retired social studies teacher from Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy. During my 23 years at the school, I taught multiple advanced placement courses, including AP Government & Politics, AP World History, AP European History and AP US History, as well as Honors Economics and International Relations. I also served as the school’s Model United Nations advisor.

While teaching at Collegiate Academy, I earned National Board for Professional Teaching Certification. I served as a consultant for AP World History preparation companies, I am currently an AP Reader for the College Board in American Government & Politics, and I served on a board that helped develop the Congressional Medal of Honor Curriculum, a nationally recognized program.

I am also a retired Navy commander, having served 28 years in the United States Navy and Naval Reserves. On active duty, I was a helicopter logistics pilot, deploying to the Persian Gulf, Mediterranean and North Atlantic. During my tenure in the Naval Reserves, I worked as a joint staff officer, and I had extensive experience in operations and strategic planning in the Middle East, Africa, and East Asia. Following the September 11 attacks, I was recalled to active duty at the European Command, the Chief of Naval Operations’ Crisis Action Team, and for Operation Iraqi Freedom, where I conducted strategic planning and briefings for senior military officers and interagency personnel.

I earned a bachelor’s degree in History and German from Allegheny College, and master’s degrees from the Naval Postgraduate School in National Security Affairs and from the Army War College in Strategic Studies. I also completed courses of study at the Naval War College, the National Defense University, and the Joint Forces Staff College, and I was one of the first Naval Reservists to be certified as a Joint Qualified Officer by the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

I am married with five children, and I enjoy sailing, skiing, and traveling.

POLI 111 - Introduction to US Government & Politics

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification
Joint Qualified Officer (JQO), Joint Chiefs of Staff, Washington, DC
MA, Strategic Studies, Army War College, Carlisle, PA
MA, National Security Affairs, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA
Naval Aviator, Naval Aviation Schools Command, Pensacola, FL
BA, German and History, Allegheny College, Meadville, PA

Advanced Joint Professional Military Education, Joint Forces Staff College, Norfolk, VA
Maritime Staff Operations Course, Naval War College, Newport, RI
Reserve Component National Security Course, National Defense University, Wash., DC
National Security Decision Making Course, Naval War College, Newport, RI
Strategy and Policy & Joint Operations Course, Naval War College, Newport, RI
NATO Staff Officer Course, National Defense University, Washington, DC

David           B. Lasher

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