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News | July 18, 2018

National Intelligence University announces former DIA director as 2018 honorary degree recipient

By DIA Public Affairs Defense Intelligence Agency

National Intelligence University President J. Scott Cameron announced former Defense Intelligence Agency Director retired Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess will receive an honorary doctorate in strategic intelligence at the university’s July 27th commencement ceremony. 

Burgess served as the 17th director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from March 2009 - July 2012. After retiring from the Army following a 38-year military career, Burgess returned to his undergraduate alma mater in December 2012, serving as senior counsel for national security, cyber programs, and military affairs before being appointed Auburn’s chief operating officer in May 2018. 

As previously announced, Director of National Intelligence Daniel R. Coats will deliver the commencement address to the graduating class of approximately 250 intelligence and national security professionals who have completed one of the university’s three degree programs: Master of Science of Strategic Intelligence, Master of Science and Technology Intelligence, or Bachelor of Science in Intelligence.  

National Intelligence University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education with its main campus located in Bethesda, Maryland. It operates under the Defense Intelligence Agency as the intelligence community’s sole accredited, federal degree-granting institution. NIU faculty consists of subject matter experts from around the intelligence community who bring a wealth of knowledge and practical experience, as well as academic qualifications, to the classroom. In addition to its three-degree programs, NIU offers graduate certificates in intelligence on specialized topics. Its alumni include many notable intelligence and national security leaders.

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