Dr. Greg Blanche Interview
Dr. Greg Blance grew up in Pennington Court - Newark, New Jersey during the 1970s and 1980s. He decided to pursue a doctoral degree at the age of 45 years old and was able to successfully complete the program in three years. He is currently the only African-American employee at the Naval Surface Warfare Center (Dahlgren, VA) and has earned a doctoral degree (D.Sc.) in Cybersecurity. He served in the U.S. Army for 11 years and also as an adjunct professor of computer information systems at Strayer University since August 2005.
Black Doctors Matter: Why do "Black Doctors Matter"?
Dr. Blanche: Black Doctors Matter because we show our young black people (specifically teenagers) that achieving a doctoral degree (regardless of career field/specialty) is attainable. We represent the smallest demographic of doctors by race in the workforce. Through supporting this organization, I think we can inspire our black children (or young adults) to pursue a doctoral degree. It can be done!
Black Doctors Matter: What pushed you to the decision to pursue a Doctorate level degree?
Dr. Blanche: I made a promise to my (late) mother, Karen Blanche that one day I would become a doctor. Although I am 49 years of age now, I was able to keep my promise to her. Secondly, this is something that I have aspired to completing for a few decades now but never had the financial resources to do it.
Black Doctors Matter: Do you have any words of advice or a personal story for those who cannot see the end of the road in their perspective programs?
Dr. Blanche: Please don't quit. You owe it to yourself. Obviously, you had what it takes for you to become accepted into the program so keep going. This program is not easy and you will not earn the title merely by showing up for classes. You have to realize that the light at the end of the tunnel is shining on your graduation regalia and diploma. Please remember this: anything worth having is worth working for. FINISH STRONG!
Black Doctors Matter: What impact do you hope to have on your community through your profession?
Dr. Blanche: My nieces and nephews view me as some sort of super-human now. I grew up in Newark, New Jersey during the 1970s and 1980s. Growing up in that type of environment forces one to survive. One of nieces received a bachelor's degree in psychology and my other niece became a Newark police officer. They told me during their time working towards their goals, they thought of my accomplishments. I've been blessed to have had an impact on thousands of lives, and I'm very proud of it. My "Why" matters!