Brian M. Gant
Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity
John E. Simon School of Business
Dr. Brian M. Gant is an accomplished information technology, cybersecurity, and critical infrastructure educator and researcher. He brings over 15 years of teaching experience into his practice as a full-time instructor of cybersecurity for the John E. Simon School of Business at Maryville University.
Professor Gant has dedicated himself to practical instruction and allowing his students to think abstractly about complex problems which require multilayered approaches. His approach to instruction is hands-on, giving his students options to learn at different levels and communicate with each other as future cybersecurity leaders.
He graduated in 2003 from Maryville University with a bachelor’s in information systems. Subsequently, he attained a master’s in management from Fontbonne University in 2004 and a master’s in human services from Capella University in 2011. Dr. Gant earned his EdD in Higher Education Leadership at Maryville in 2021. His dissertation focused on “Cyberbullying in eSports: A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Approach to Examining Student-Athlete and Administrator Perceptions.”
As a highly respected expert in his field, Dr. Gant has given presentations to both government and private industry leaders, participated in cyber research, and analyzed real-world case studies concerning cybersecurity issues. But his passion is his students, because he believes in the power of access and education to better their lives, especially underserved populations like himself. Beyond his instructor role, Professor Gant continues to serve in various capacities across campus including roles such as an advisor to the Men of Color Brotherhood (MOC), Maryville Cyber Association (MCA), and board member of the Athletics Advisory Council.
“As an alumnus of Maryville and now faculty member, I have been drawn to the commitment of student-first-led instruction and activities. When you have a degree from Maryville on your resume, it holds weight in the cybersecurity field, because we partner with industry leaders on practical application.”