New Position for Ex-FBI Director
Published: Friday, September 20, 2013
Updated: Friday, September 20, 2013 03:09
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who headed the Bureau for 12 years until Sept. 4, will be Georgetown’s first distinguished executive-in-residence, a position created specifically for him.
The new position will not be affiliated with any specific academic department. Mueller will serve as a resource for faculty and will advise University President John J. DeGioia, who personally interviewed Mueller before hiring him. Mueller will not receive a salary.
“The distinguished executive-in-residence is really meant to confer that he’s going to be a resource for our community, rather than calling him a professor,” said Joseph Ferrara, DeGioia’s chief of staff. “He will engage with the leadership of the university, with our faculty, with our students.”
Mueller said this engagement would focus on the issues he dealt with as director of the FBI, according to a university press release.
“There are four areas that I’m interested in: national security, cyber security, organizations in transition and leadership,” Mueller said. “I’ve been very fortunate to have experience in these areas, and I’m looking forward to having the opportunity to discuss these issues with students and faculty.”
Mueller took office as FBI director seven days before the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. His tenure as director was extended by Congress from the usual 10 years to 12 for his distinguished service running the organization. Before serving as director of the FBI, Mueller was in the Marine Corps in Vietnam and worked as a lawyer for the Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office.
Bruce Hoffman, director of Georgetown’s Center for Peace and Security Studies and the Security Studies Program, described Mueller as one of the FBI’s most effective directors.
“His assumption of a new key leadership role at a time of national crisis is inspirational and contains important lessons for Georgetown students who will go forth to assume important responsibilities at a time of other formidable challenges,” Hoffman wrote in an email. “Speaking for the Security Studies Program, we can’t think of anyone better to have on campus to teach and interact with our students and serve as a role model as they forge their own careers.”
Ferrara said Mueller has expressed interest in teaching, although his experience running an organization like the FBI will be an asset to the university outside of the classroom.
“He can be an executive resource to help advise our president, our board,” Ferrara said. “He has a lot of expertise dealing with, for example, cyber security issues.”
Mueller will also return to practicing law in the Washington, D.C. area and will be settling into Georgetown in the next few weeks.