The Economic Crime and Cybersecurity Institute (ECCI) of Utica College has named a new director. Bernard L. Hyman Jr., professor of practice in fraud and financial crime investigation, succeeds Raymond Philo, professor of practice in criminal justice, as director of ECCI.
Hyman is a 1994 alumnus of Utica College who went on to earn his Juris Doctorate degree from Syracuse University. He has been with UC since 2009 as an adjunct lecturer until his promotion to professor of practice in 2014. Hyman is an assistant district attorney in Oneida County, serving as bureau chief for economic crime. He has successfully prosecuted numerous felony cases involving investment fraud, elder abuse, embezzlement, larceny, identity theft, and crimes against revenue.
Hyman was instrumental in securing the Crimes Against Revenue Program (CARP) grant from New York State for the D.A.’s office and is in charge of administering the program for Oneida County. He also played a key role in fostering the Memorandum of Understanding between UC and the D.A.’s office.
He also serves as the supervisor of the District Attorney Economic Crime Investigation Intern Program. Hyman plays an essential role in providing opportunities to UC students to participate in investigation of crimes against revenue including embezzlement, welfare fraud, insurance fraud, sales tax fraud, and other financial crimes.
The ECCI of Utica College is an organization of professionals and academics providing thought leadership on economic crime and cybersecurity issues faced by business and government. The institute is a “center of excellence” at the college that provides and supports leading-edge thinking through educational programs, policy guidance and solutions, research, and publications. In addition, the Board of Advisors provides philanthropic support and guidance on education efforts to ECCI. National and international experts in business, government and security, board members often come to the college to speak with students, conduct mock interviews, provide career advice and offer internships. They advise administration and faculty on emerging trends and suggest content of curricula that can best address those trends.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with such a talented group of professionals. I look forward to continuing to advance the mission of ECCI and to bring together students, faculty, and government and industry leaders to anticipate the needs of potential employers and the community at large,” said Hyman.
For more information on Utica College’s Fraud and Financial Crime Investigation program, visit Utica.edu. For more information on ECCI, visit ecci.edu.