Meet the Advisory Board: Barb Fugate

If you're a TLI student or alumni you've met some of our amazing faculty and staff, but there is another important group of people working behind the scenes to ensure our programs offer the most relevant and high-caliber leadership and industry education possible. The Technological Leadership Institute Advisory Board does this by reviewing curricula, suggesting new programming opportunities, supporting TLI’s public engagement activities and sharing their technology industry expertise.

We wanted to introduce you to some of our esteemed members through our Meet the Advisory Board series.

This week, meet Barb Fugate, United Bankers' Bank, CIO and CISO. Barb brings 38 years of experience in bank technology, including 32 years in Minnesota serving community banks in the upper Midwest. She is an experienced executive with a long history of developing high-performing teams in IT and cybersecurity, exceeding risk management standards in the highly regulated financial services industry.

Barb is a 2018 alumna of TLI's MS in Security Technologies program with a Minor in Management of Technology. She has a bachelor’s degree from Doane University and a Master’s degree from Pepperdine University. Barb served as an Intelligence Officer in the US Marine Corps. She was also a member of the World Cup Champion USA Rugby Women’s National team in 1991.  

As a TLI alumna, Barb brings a unique and personal perspective to the advisory board.

"I believe the MSST program is filling a critical gap for many technology executives," she says. "The ability to understand, assess and communicate business risk related to cybersecurity will become an increasingly vital skill for executive leaders."

Visit the Advisory Board page to see the full list of members and learn more about each of them.