Kim Toler surprised her father by eschewing law school to go into security and intelligence, a field he had been in for 24 years in the Army. Kim will be the first to graduate from Augusta University’s Masters of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies on Friday and is already lining up a job with the military. Eric Toler retired but is still working in the field as executive director of the Georgia Cyber Center.

Kim Toler in her own way is going into the family business as she becomes the first to graduate from a new degree program at Augusta University.

She will receive a Master of Arts in Intelligence and Security Studies during AU’s commencement ceremony on Friday. Her father, Eric, spent 24 years in the intelligence field, including a stint at National Security Agency Georgia at Fort Gordon and various Army intelligence services, before retiring to become executive director of Georgia Cyber Center.

“For Kim to be the first graduate is pretty special,” he said. “I never thought she would go down this path but I am pleasantly surprised and very proud.”

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