U.S. Secret Service Director and Mount Union College Alumnus Brian Stafford to Receive OFIC Award

April 06, 2010

Brian L. Stafford, director of the United States Secret Service and a 1969 graduate of Mount Union College, has been selected to receive The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges, Inc. Hall of Excellence Award.


The award will be presented on April 10 at The Athletic Club of Columbus. The Hall of Excellence Award was established in 1987 to honor alumni of member institutions of The Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges (OFIC) whose lifetime achievements exemplify the traditions, ideals, strengths and values of private higher education.

Stafford graduated from Mount Union College with a bachelor's degree in business administration. He began his tenure with the Secret Service in 1971 as a special agent assigned to the Cleveland Field Office. Subsequent career assignments include duty in the West Palm Beach Resident Office and the Presidential Protective Division. Within the organization's managerial ranks, Stafford has held several key positions in the Special Investigations and Security Division, the Technical Security Division, the Miami Field Office and the Office of Protective Operations. Prior to joining the Secret Service, Stafford served in the United States Army and completed a tour of duty in Vietnam.

Stafford was appointed as the 20th Director of the United States Secret Service in March 1999. He has also served as assistant director, in the Office of Protective Operations and as the special agent in charge of the agency's Presidential Protective Division.

At the 2001 Commencement ceremonies at the College, Stafford delivered the keynote address and was awarded an honorary degree. Other Mount Union College graduates who have been honored with the OFIC's Hall of Excellence Award are Congressman Ralph Regula and Dr. Dorothy Sisk.

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