Dr. Cutrer is a retired U. S. Coast Guard captain (O-6), with over 31 years of service, and a faculty member at ERAU for over 16 years. He started his military career as an E-1, and along the way gained unique experience as an enlisted aircraft mechanic and flight engineer, a commissioned officer, a fixed-wing pilot, and an aviation safety/maintenance officer. His final assignment in the Coast Guard was as the Commanding Officer of the Aviation Technical Training Center where the service trains all of its aircraft mechanics, technicians, and Rescue Swimmers. (Some of the scenes in the 2006 Disney movie “The Guardian” were filmed at his prior command).
Earning his military aviator "wings of gold" in March of 1981, he has accumulated over 5,200 hours flying in fixed-wing aircraft, including the Beechcraft T-34C Mentor, the Beechcraft T-44A King Air, Grumman HU-16E Albatross, the Convair HC-131A Samaritan, and the Dassault HU-25A Falcon. Along the way, he also earned an FAA Airline Transport Pilot (ATP) certificate and an FAA Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) Mechanic certificate.
Dr. Cutrer began his academic career in 2002, serving as an Adjunct Instructor for Embry-Riddle’s Extended Campus, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses (both in the classroom and on-line) in aviation safety and aviation management. During this time, he also served as the Center Faculty Chair for the newly opened Extended Campus Center in Elizabeth City, NC. Since the fall of 2006, he has worked as a full-time professor at the main campus in Daytona Beach, setting up the ERAU residential undergraduate homeland security degree program and serving as the Homeland Security Program Coordinator. He currently serves as the Associate Department Chair for the SSIA Dept. Dr. Cutrer also played a key role in instituting the ERAU Worldwide undergraduate degree program in homeland security (HLSD), serving as course developer for many of the courses. In his spare time, he teaches graduate, undergraduate, and professional program courses in aviation safety management and in aircraft accident investigation.
His academic credentials include a Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (specialization in Homeland Security) from Northcentral University in Prescott, AZ in 2012, a Master's Degree in Aviation Management/Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2001, and a Bachelor of Science degree (majoring in Literature/History) from the University of the State of New York in 1993.
A native of the bayous of Louisiana, Dr. Cutrer is married, with two grown daughters and five grandchildren. He is into raising horses (currently own about a dozen), making music, tinkering with computers, reading and writing fiction, and sharing time with his wife, Valerie.