2015 Virtual Commencement

KEYNOTE SPEAKER


Dr. Christopher Rodriguez
New Jersey Director of the Office of Homeland Security

´╗┐Christopher Rodriguez, PhD, is the New Jersey Director of the Office of Homeland Security. Prior to joining the Office of Homeland Security & Preparedness (OHSP), Dr. Rodriguez served for more than a decade in the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), where he held a variety of analytical and management positions. Following the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, Dr. Rodriguez joined the CIA, and quickly rose to become a senior analyst in its Counterterrorism Center. In this position, he monitored terrorist groups in the Middle East and South Asia, closely collaborating with U.S. intelligence community partners at the federal, state, and local levels to identify and counter persistent threats to the United States and its allies. In addition, Dr. Rodriguez oversaw an analytic unit that handled global economic and energy security, as well as related counterintelligence and cyber threats.

From 2011 to 2012, Dr. Rodriguez served as a policy advisor on Governor Christie's staff, overseeing the OHSP, the Department of Law and Public Safety, the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, and the Department of Transportation.

Dr. Rodriguez has been recognized with several awards from CIA and the Director of National Intelligence for his leadership and professional achievements, both in the United States and abroad. He served in Iraq in 2006 and 2007 and has traveled to more than two dozen countries. Born and raised in Morris County, Dr. Rodriguez holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts and a Master's degree and PhD in Political Science from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. He is married with two children.

Dr. Rodriguez will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Berkeley College.

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