2008: Mike McConnell
American Politics and Policy
U.S. Director of National Intelligence
The United States Director of National Intelligence, Mike McConnell, a Furman graduate, offered a public address on global intelligence and U.S. national security. He discussed the challenges of intelligence in a global world and addressed the greatest issues and threats facing our country. To view the transcript of McConnell's address, click here.
On March 28, 2008, over 350 students, faculty, staff, and distinguished guests, including several members of the Chamber of Commerce, attended Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell’s address in the Watkins Room, University Center on Furman's campus.
View this video that includes a portion of Mike McConnell's address:
About Mike McConnell
Mike McConnell was sworn in as the nation's second Director of National Intelligence (DNI) on February 13, 2007. His position as DNI, which combines all the intelligence services in the United States in an unprecedented way, makes Admiral McConnell one of the most powerful governmental officials in the world.
Before his nomination as DNI, McConnell served as a Senior Vice President with the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton, focusing on the Intelligence and National Security areas. From 1992 to 1996, McConnell served as Director of the National Security Agency (NSA). In 1996, McConnell retired as a Vice Admiral in the U.S. Navy after 29 years of service - 26 as a career Intelligence Officer. He holds a M.P.A. from George Washington University, is a graduate of the National Defense University (Global Telecom), the National Defense Intelligence College Strategic Intelligence), and holds a B.A. in Economics from Furman University.