Corporate Security Major Meets Challenges of
the 21st Century
In the decade since the September 11, 2001 tragedy, St. John’s
University has aggressively developed a nationally recognized
Homeland and Corporate Security major that enables our students
to meet the myriad challenges faced by the post-9/11 world.
Professor Jeffrey Grossmann ‘89SVC has spearheaded the program,
reconfiguring existing courses, developing new ones and outlining a
mission plan that addresses the needs of this dynamic field. The
program has grown rapidly since its inception in 2007.
“Homeland Security, is a relatively new academic discipline that
broadens the scope of responsibilities formerly under the National
Security mandate, and is primarily about protecting our national
critical infrastructure” stated Professor Grossmann. “It used to be
called National Security, but now protecting the borders is no
longer the primary issue. Today, hundreds of terrorists are already
in the country lying dormant. The concept of securing the borders
is outdated. The shift toward Homeland Security is about protecting
our national critical infrastructure.”
An Innovative Approach
Professor Grossmann was employed as a Security Executive for
Macy’s in Herald Square prior to his arrival at St. John’s, and
served as a member of the National Guard. He is also a practicing
attorney. “When I worked in retail, I was worried who was
committing a crime and how do I get my money back. Now, you need to
worry about where the money is going, who funded them and who sent
Explaining Homeland and Corporate Security as a partnership
between the government and the private sector, Professor Grossmann
stressed that programs dealing only with Homeland issues are
limiting. “Companies such as rental car agencies, shipping and
receiving companies, pilot training facilities, banks and many
others in the private sector are faced with security issues every
day,” he noted.
“We developed the program with that in mind,” he explained.
“Our program is a hybrid. It’s homeland security and traditional
security administration working in joint partnership and possessing
a post-9/11 mentality.” He added that most courses in the program
deal with that partnership element. “It’s about government working
with the private sector to develop viable solutions.”
Following his National Guard service, Professor Grossmann
enrolled at St. John’s as a
Criminal Justice major before switching to
Legal Studies. He eventually became an attorney and worked in
the security field for Macy’s and Marriott Hotels. He returned to
St. John’s as a Professor of Criminal Justice. “I enjoyed the
training aspect of my jobs almost as much as the jobs themselves,
and teaching felt like a natural fit.”
Professor Grossmann indicated that there has been great
enthusiasm for this program and he has received much support from
Kathleen MacDonald of the
College of Professional Studies.
“You can’t watch the news today without seeing the phrase
‘Homeland Security,’” he observed, noting there are a great deal of
career opportunities for students who graduate from the program.
Some opt for a career in the military. Others go into government
service or the private sector with great potential for career
advancement. When discussing specific course offerings Professor
Grossmann stressed that terrorism is not a stand-alone subject.
“It’s something that is woven into every course.”
In addition to teaching, Professor Grossmann fields a great
many inquiries from potential students discussing with them
everything from salary to safety issues. He sees his role as laying
out the myriad career options available to students and helping
them choose the one that fits them best.
For further information, please contact Professor Jeffrey
Grossmann at firstname.lastname@example.org