For Immediate Release
October 2, 2008
FBI National Press Office
National Security Higher Education Advisory Board Holds October Meeting
the National Security Higher Education Advisory Board
(NSHEAB) convened at FBI Headquarters. The NSHEAB, comprised
of 20 university presidents and chancellors, meets regularly
to discuss national security matters that intersect with
higher education. FBI Director Robert S. Mueller, III
created the NSHEAB in 2005 to provide a forum for open
dialogue between the FBI, our government partners, and
higher education institutions.
Dr. Vahid Majidi, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, and Daniel Lee Cloyd, Assistant Director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division, welcomed members from around the U.S. who represent universities with significant research and development programs. NSHEAB members were briefed by The Pennsylvania State University President Graham Spanier, NSHEAB Chairman; Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Deputy Assistant Director John Woods; and Federation of American Scientists Director of Biology Policy Michael Stebbins, Ph.D.
Director Mueller addressed those assembled about the importance
of the NSHEAB in confronting potential national security
threats to college laboratories and research facilities.
“We appreciate our partnership with the members
of the NSHEAB and we are committed to the promotion of
strategic national security partnerships with academia
here in the United States. Together we will develop a clear
view of the threats we face, and a clear understanding
of what we must do to defeat them,” said Director
NSHEAB members also received a briefing on protecting
the United States’ critical national assets, which
include valuable research and development technology developed
by our nation’s colleges and universities, from Supervisory
Special Agent Kreg Stonestreet, Chief of the Critical National
Assets Unit, Counterintelligence Division and Michael Glass,
Ph.D., Chief of Science and Technology Branch, Office of
the National Counterintelligence Executive.
The NSHEAB is
scheduled to meet again in February 2009.
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