Daryl Hancock

Daryl HancockVice President for Operations

Office: Wildy Hall, 2nd Floor

Phone: (618) 537-6870


Hancock retired from the U.S. Navy following 30 years of service. Early in his career he served as a surface warfare officer aboard a guided-missile destroyer, and also had several unique tours, including aboard USS Constitution, as a university ROTC instructor, and as officer-in-charge of a Navy Sail Training Ketch. As an intelligence officer, he served with the Flag Staffs aboard USS Wasp, USS George Washington and USS Bonhomme Richard. Operating afloat & ashore, he supported stabilization and combat operations in Iraq, the Balkans and Haiti, tsunami relief operations in Indonesia, and counter-piracy operations off Somalia. He served in senior leadership roles in Washington, D.C., at the Office of Naval Intelligence and the Pentagon, as well within the Intelligence Community, and with NATO as U.S. Senior National Representative and Team Leader for NATO’s Advisory Team to the Tunisian military. He was the Director of Intelligence, and Commander of the Joint Intelligence Operations Center, at U.S. Transportation Command, and the first Director of Intelligence for U.S. Tenth Fleet and Fleet Cyber Command.

Honors & Education

Hancock was selected as a recipient of the Illinois Bicentennial HONOR 200, which honors the work of 200 veterans who continue to make extraordinary contributions to the people of Illinois. During his Navy career, he received numerous personal awards and decorations, including multiple awards of the Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Meritorious Service Medal, as well as the NATO Meritorious Service Medal, Military Volunteer Service Medal, the Defense Intelligence Director’s Award, and the Edwin T. Layton Award for leadership in the Intelligence Community.

He holds master’s degrees from the Naval War College and Purdue University. He is a Senior Executive Fellow from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government, and his undergraduate degree is from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, where he is currently enrolled as a doctoral student. He and his wife Colleen have been married for over 30 years and have two adult children.

Areas of Expertise


  • Leadership and Organizational Dynamics

  • Online Education and Adult Learning

  • Veteran & Active Duty Support

  • Active Learning Environments

  • Technology and E-Learning

  • Intelligence Studies

  • Cybersecurity and Cyber Defense