Chris Ellen Cunningham

Coordinator, CTL

School of Administrative Science

Program Affiliations

Chris Ellen Cunningham researches and pursues external funding opportunities, and administers grant funded projects for Petrocelli College’s School of Administrative Science at FDU. Since joining the University she has managed nearly $1.8 million in funds; these monies have been used to fully outfit the Cybercrime Training Lab (CTL) with interactive, state of the art technology supporting SAS educational goals. She has been instrumental in both the procurement and installation of electronic components, and in the integration of these devices into course delivery. Ms. Cunningham has managed the CTL suite since its establishment in 2006. She regularly works with instructors to help assimilate the available technology into course delivery, and has collaborated with instructors to bring student-suggested courses to fruition. She routinely works in concert with the University’s Grants Office, both in managing current grants and in seeking potential future funding.

Ms. Cunningham has been involved with course creation for grant funded projects as well as the Master of Administrative Science and Master of Arts in Student Services Administration programs. She is currently listed as an adjunct on the School of Administrative Science instructor roster. Ms. Cunningham was also a founding member of the advisory board charged with designing and developing the Center for Excellence in Leadership, Governance, and Philanthropy at FDU.

Prior to joining FDU she was employed as an administrator in the Finance Division of New York University, where she performed an array of functions in the various positions she held over the course of her tenure there. She began her career at NYU in the Sponsored Research Accounting Department, responsible for reporting and accounting tasks related to grant funded projects. In subsequent positions she managed the reconciliation and appropriate allocation of funds passing through the University’s two largest cash accounts, which handled well over $100 million in revenues and cash flows each year. Most significantly, she was strategically involved the efficient redesign of reconciliation processes within the Controller’s Division. She also worked closely with the University’s Financial Aid Office as the party responsible for completing the required financial reports for federal tuition assistance funding, including the report associated with all Perkins funding.

Ms. Cunningham earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting from Westminster College, a Master of Administrative Science (MAS) degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a Certified Public Manager (CPM) designation from the State of New Jersey through Fairleigh Dickinson University, and the CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ (CFP®) designation from the College for Financial Planning. She also completed post-graduate work after receiving her MAS degree, earning a post-graduate certificate in Public, Private, and Nonprofit Leadership. While completing her graduate level coursework she earned certificates of achievement in the areas of Global Leadership and Administration, Human Resource Administration, Nonprofit Organizational Development, and Administrative Science.

Short Abstract


  • BA, Westminster College
  • MAS, Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • CPM, State of New Jersey & Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • CFP, Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards

Grants and Awards Pursued/Managed

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University Cybercrime Program, sponsored by the Department of Justice/Bureau of Justice Assistance, $493,322
  • Expansion of Cybercrime training Lab, sponsored by the Department of Justice/ Bureau of Justice Assistance, $98,723
  • Expansion of Cybercrime training Lab, sponsored by the Department of Justice/ Bureau of Justice Assistance, $197,446
  • School Resource Officer Certificate program, sponsored by the Department of Justice/ Bureau of Justice Assistance, $670,671
  • Digital Forensic Webinar Training, sponsored by the Department of Justice/National Institute of Justice, $321,667

Courses Taught