John S. Pistole

John S. Pistole became President of Anderson University (Anderson, Ind.) on March 1, 2015, the fifth person in the nearly 100-year history of the University to serve as president.

Pistole earned his bachelor’s degree from Anderson University in 1978. He went on to earn a juris doctorate from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University before going into practice for two years. During his undergraduate years at Anderson University, Pistole was involved in a wide range of university activities, including the Center for Public Service, Tri-S, and men’s varsity basketball and tennis teams.

Pistole began his career with the FBI in 1983 and served in Minneapolis, New York, Indianapolis, Boston, and FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. on multiple assignments. After the attacks of September 11, 2001, Pistole was placed in charge of the FBI’s counterterrorism program, eventually becoming the FBI’s Executive Assistant Director for national security. In 2004, Pistole was named Deputy Director for the FBI. In March 2006, Pistole was awarded the 2005 Presidential Rank of Distinguished Executive. In 2007, Pistole received the Department of Justice Edward H. Levi Award for Outstanding Professionalism and Exemplary Integrity.

President Barack Obama nominated Pistole as head of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the spring of 2010. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate 60 days later. Under Pistole, the TSA moved from a “one-size-fits-all” approach to a risk-based, intelligence driven agency which has changed the way millions of people fly every year. Risk-Based Security, or RBS, is best known through TSA’s Pre ✓, a known and trusted traveler initiative. In his role as Administrator of the TSA, Pistole led a 60,000-strong workforce and the security operations of more than 450 airports throughout the United States.

In 2006, Anderson University honored Pistole with an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree. In 2009, he received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Robert H. McKinney School of Law at Indiana University. In June, 2015, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson appointed Pistole to the Homeland Security Advisory Council. He was also appointed to the Aspen Institute for Homeland Security, and has served as a speaker at the Aspen Institute for the last five years. He serves on the Board of Directors of Thomson Rueters Special Services, and as an Advisor for several other companies, primarily dealing with national security matters.

Pistole and his wife were married in 1979 and have two adult daughters.