Law School Program to Feature Former Acting Executive Assistant Director of FBI
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Communications & Public Relations
August 28, 2006
Chris Swecker (JD ’81) will return to the law school on September 14 as our first guest in this year’s "Conversation With" series. The "Conversation With" programs are designed to bring role model legal professionals to the law school to speak informally with students in an interview-style format about their careers in the law. Professor Charley Rose will moderate this session which will highlight Mr. Swecker’s fascinating career in the FBI. The program will begin at noon in the large courtroom.
Mr. Swecker’s outstanding 24 year career in the FBI began in 1982, after serving for a year as an Assistant District Attorney for the First District of North Carolina. He entered the FBI as a Special Agent and was assigned to the Chalotte, North Carolina Field Office. Over the next 15 years, he was consistently recognized for his superior abilities and given increasing supervisory reponsibilities as he was transferred to field offices in Oklahoma City, Miami, Houston and, finally, back to Charlotte, where he was designated as Special Agent in Charge in 1999.
In April 2004, FBI Director Robert Mueller named Mr. Swecker as Deputy Assistant Director for the Criminal Investigative Division (CID) at FBI Headquaters where, after a few months, he was named as the Assistant Director, CID. This FBI division is responsible for coordinating, managing, and directing all criminal investigative programs nationwide. These investigations focus on financial, vilolent and organized crime; public corruption; violation of individual civil rights; corporate fraud; and drug-related crimes. His success at the CID led to his appointment in February 2006 as the Acting Executive Assistant Director of Law Enforcement Services.
Swecker’s storied career in the FBI includes a variety of experiences including acting as the on-scene commander of the FBI operations in Iraq, supervising the dismantlement of a Hezballah terror cell in Charlotte, and directing the investigation and capture of Eric Rudoph (the "Olympic Bomber").
After his recent retirement from the FBI in July 2006, Mr. Swecker joined Bank of America as the Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Security Operations in Charlotte, North Carolina.
We are pleased to welcome Chris Swecker back to Wake Forest and look forward to an outstanding "Conversation With" a truly exceptional member of the legal profession.